Healthcare of cattle forms important part in animal husbandry, as productivity is dependent on cattle health, said Ravikumar Kakade, managing director of Dakshina Kannada Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd.

Inaugurating a technical seminar on ‘brucellosis’ (a cattle disease) here on Friday, Kakade said incidence of brucellosis is low in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. However, farmers cannot neglect this, and adequate precautionary measures should be taken to prevent it, he said.

Because of measures taken in the direction of animal healthcare and various other issues, Dakshina Kannada Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd could achieve a turnover of Rs 400 crore during the last fiscal, he said.

Raviraj Hegde, president of the union, said that more than 50 per cent of cattle in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts belong to mixed breed. The native breeds of cattle form around 45 per cent in the total number.

Mixed breed cattle are more prone to diseases. He said native breeds of cattle have good resistance power compared to mixed breed and foreign breed cattle.

Hegde said veterinarians from the animal husbandry department and the union should work in coordination to tackle cattle diseases in the region.

K.V. Halagappa, deputy director, Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, said that his department, in association with the union and the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, conducted the technical seminar under the Centre’s National Control Programme on Brucellosis. Nearly 50 veterinarians in the region attended the seminar.

vinayak.aj@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 4, 2012)
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