Bargur cattle farming is not too popular. It is especially popular in it’s native area. It is a dairy cattle breed which is raised mainly for milk production, and also used for draught purpose in it’s native area.
The Bargur cattle is native to the Bargur region of Krishnagiri district and Bargur forest hills in Anthiyur Taluk of Erode District in Western Tamil Nadu in India. Actually the breed has been raised in herds exclusively by the Kannada speaking Lingayats of the Bargur region.
Although the Bargur cattle are dairy cattle, but they are also used for their trotting ability. They are mainly raised for carrying out agricultural operations in the hilly terrain.
In the native area, the Bargur cattle are most often maintained in extensive management system and are raised in forest area in semi-wild conditions. And they generally housed in enclosures called ‘Pattys’ in groups of 50 to 200 animals.
However, if you live somewhere near to the native area of this breed, then commercial Bargur cattle farming can be a good business for you. At the same time, you can help this breed to increase it’s population.
How to Start Bargur Cattle Farming
Starting commercial Bargur cattle farming is relatively easy. Because these animals are very strong and hardy, and they are well adapted to their local climates.
Here we are trying to describe more information about starting and operating a successful Bargur cattle farming business from purchasing animals to caring and marketing.
First of all, you have to purchase very good quality, healthy, active and diseases free animals for starting your Bargur cattle farming business. Purchasing good quality animals is very important. Because good quality animals always ensure good production and maximum profits.
You can purchase the animals from any of your nearest livestock market or existing Bargur cattle farms (if there are any). You can also consider purchasing from existing farmers in your area. Just ensure that the animals are of very good quality, strong and active.
Arranging good housing system with all required facilities is very important for Bargur cattle farming business. Because a good house not only helps the animals to stay healthy, but also helps them to stay free from wild predators and adverse weather conditions.
Exact type of the housing system can be any depending on your budget and also on the availability of housing materials in your area. It can be a simple house made with easily available materials (such as bamboo, wood, straw). Or your house can be of full concrete setup. Just ensure that the house is secure and comfortable for your animals.
The Bargur cattle are classified as a small to medium sized animals. So, they will require relatively less housing space. So, ensure adequate space is available inside the house depending on the number of your animals.
Install good ventilation system inside the house. And also ensure flow of sufficient amount of fresh air and light inside the house. Try to make the house in such a way so that you can easily clean the house. And always try to clean the house on a regular basis.
Feeding the animals with high quality and nutritious food is the most important part of Bargur cattle farming business. Good food not only helps the animals to stay healthy, but also help them to grow better and produce more. So, always try to provide your animals with good quality and nutritious food.
The Bargur cattle are dairy cattle breed, and they are raised mainly for milk production purpose. So, they will require more nutritious food. They will require both greens and grains in their diet. You can also consider feeding your animals with silage, especially during the dry season.
Like many other domestic animals, the Bargur cattle also require lots of drinking water daily. So, try to provide your animals with adequate clean and fresh drinking water as per their demand. Never provide them with contaminated foods or polluted water.
Like many other domestic cattle breeds, the Bargur cattle are naturally very good breeders. They will breed easily if you keep good ratio of bulls and cows in your herd. You can also consider artificial insemination method for breeding your animals.
Taking good care of your animals is the most important part of Bargur cattle farming business. Because good caring helps the animals to stay healthy and produce more.
So, always try to take good care of your animals. De-worm and vaccinate your animals timely. And always try to keep good contact with a vet in your area.
Marketing cattle products is not a problem. Because cattle products already have good demand and value in the market. Hope you will be able to sell the milk easily in the local market. Although you should set your marketing strategies before starting this business.
These are the steps and ways for starting and operating a successful Bargur cattle farming business. Hope this guide has helped you! Good luck & may God bless you!