Free Online Dairy Farming Course

If you or your friend or relative is interested in starting a Dairy Farm or is interested in pursuing a Dairy Management course then this is the one course that will EVER be needed… in life… and it is completely free! Go through the following videos and you will know how to manage a dairy farm.

BUT BEFORE YOU START… make sure you 1st read all the text till the end of this blog and ONLY THEN watch the videos. (Else most of the things will not be understood).

Free Dairy Management Course

Free Dairy Management Course

You will learn:

  • What to feed?
  • How to Feed?
  • How many times to feed?
  • How to grow your fodder?
  • How to detect disease in the cattle and how to cure it easily and cheaply?

If you or your friend or relative is interested in starting a Dairy Farm or is interested in pursuing a Dairy Management course then this is the one course that will EVER be needed… in life… and it is completely free! Go through the following videos and you will know how to manage a dairy farm.

BUT BEFORE YOU START… make sure you 1st read all the text till the end of this blog and ONLY THEN watch the videos. (Else most of the things will not be understood).

Free Dairy Management Course

Free Dairy Management Course

You will learn:

  • What to feed?
  • How to Feed?
  • How many times to feed?
  • How to grow your fodder?
  • How to detect disease in the cattle and how to cure it easily and cheaply?

Established Dairy Farms & teaching schools might find the information here SHOCKING & difficult to adhere to… but there is no denying how true it is. The following 4 videos are a must for ANY & EVERY Dairy Farmer in the World!

Beat established dairy companies with this low labor, low cost dairy farming information! Learn all this in the following YouTube videos. 

 

Dr Sreekumar (BVSc & AH,PGCVH) & Dr Sreekala (BVSc & AH,PGCVH): Both worked as Veterinary officers from 1992 to 2010 in TRCMPU ltd, MILMA, Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.

From 2013 both are serving as Holistic Veterinarians for Gokuldham Vedic eco-village project (60 cows), Ahmadabad ISKCON farm project and Mayapur Goshala (400 cows). They also serve as Freelance Holistic Veterinarian for Private farm projects across the country. Both of them manage various diseases of cows with Homeopathy and natural remedies.

 

 

There is a great possibility that you have landed on this page thinking of starting a dairy farm as a good business opportunity. The initial “research” with “professionals” could have pointed towards the direction of a successful dairy farm business… until you realize that the very livelihood of these so called “professionals” depend upon YOU STARTING A DAIRY BUSINESS. You are their potential CLIENT (“BAKRA”).

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Learn about how  (Bank + Loan + Insurance) companies fool Farmers:

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Many Dairy Consultants say cow gives milk from front and dung from back… and both are money. But selling water is more profitable… at least water does not require fodder or so much labor.

Its not that there is no money in Dairy Farming. There is money but it depends on how you deal with at least some of the following:

  1. WHAT kind of milk one is selling? – inferior low fat HF milk, Buffalo or superior highfat A2 desi cow milk?
  2. WHO is buying the milk? – Milk processing companies eg Amul Dairy/Mother Dairy (such milk processing companies will ALWAYS pay the least especially for HF cow milk) OR are your customers household or family people? THESE TWO Questions will decide the price of the milk. If you are selling to companies then you cannot decide the price and you can expect a cut in the prices in future. But if you are selling to people directly then good prices can be demanded only if you are selling better quality product. But 80% of your normal milk buyers will prefer lower priced milk and will not buy from you. So you will have to concentrate on the 20%. If you are having sustainable practices and your inputs are low then you will be able to provide high quality milk at low-quality-milk market rates.
  3. Whether you will be having regular expenses on vaccines?
  4. Whether you will have regular expenses on Artificial Insemination?
  5. Whether you will experience regular calf death rates?
  6. Whether you will have a bull & have control on your breed or let others decide on what genes go into your herd.
  7. Whether you will have to give away your experienced well trained cows for slaughter every 5 yrs and start again with a fresh lot? 
  8. Your electricity and water expenses? Do you depend on external sources for both water & electricity or able to generate enough on your own?
  9. Whether you will take regular expense on insurance?
  10. Will you build an expensive cow-shed or let the cows out and stay on the farm under trees or low cost roofs? – Stall fed farms are more labour intensive than kraal farms (rotational grazing).
  11. How many labours will you have on the farm or can you manage on your own from day 1? Will you use automated milking system or milk each cow on your own? Milking is timing consuming. Time affects the quality of milk. More than anything the person who milks the cow can affect the quantity of milk and the health of the cow. Instead of getting a labor to milk it is better to get the labor milk the cow with a milking machine. So if tomorrow the labor is changed the system and method of milking will not change. When milk is hand-drawn then there are chances of contamination of the milk from bacteria from the hand. Hand milking is OK ONLY if YOU or someone from your FAMILY are milking the cow. You can have two milking machine like this: https://www.indiamart.com/solpack-system/milking-machines.html.  This way In 5 minutes you can milk 2 cows and in 10 minutes 4 cows and in 20 minutes 8 cows. It is also possible to milk 24 cows in one and half hrs to 2hrs without becoming exhausted. Remember you will be milking them only once a day rest of the time calf will drink the milk. You can start with 1 single drum machine and move on to 2. You will not need more machines soon.
  12. Who handles and moves the dung? You? Your labours? Or the dung beetle?
  13. Rearing cows & rearing goats are completely different thing. It is good to have both but goats are not really required. It is only sensible to start with one before introducing the other. Due to various factors like ease of training, lower shed-cost, higher intelligence, quantity of dung and urine it is sensible to start with a cow than a goat. Above all it is very important to have agriculture as a base for any kind of “FARMING”. Be it dairy, fish or poultry farming… all of it is sustainable only on an agricultural farm.
  14. Do you have enough space for a farm? If not then it will be even more difficult. For eg: Running a race with one leg is possible but it will be very difficult. If you have less space then its better to try a multi-layer farm.
  15. Would you be using cooling equipment for the milk? 
  16. Will you sell milk or sell processed milk products like curds (yogurt), lassi, buttermilk, ghee, cheese, paneer.
  17. If you are going to sell milk… then are there at least 1,000 families within 1 km radius of your place? But even if there are 1,000 people only 20% might take a liking to your product. Are you ok with just 200 customers buying 1 ltr of milk daily?
  18. That is 200ltrs of milk! Are you able to milk, collect, pack, store and distribute 200 ltrs of milk? For 200 ltrs of milk you will need how much cows? A herd of minimum 40 Indian cows with a sustainable grazing method. So if you have 3 cows in a kraal in an acre… for 40 cows you will need 12 acres… at least!!!
  19. This is a ratio of 200:40:12 Or a ratio of 10:02:0.6 which is 10Ltrs with 2 cows in about half an acre. Or a ratio of 5:1:0.3 which can be considered as approximately as 5 ltrs milk with 1 cow in quarter acre of agriculture land. This 5 litrs can be sold to 5 families near you. So you have a prospect of earning Rs 6,000 per month with 1 cow (5ltr x Rs40 x 30days). Interested in dairy farming? I bet you were multiplying 25ltrs xRs30x30days= Rs 22,500/- and multiplying with 10 cows with a target above Rs 200,000 per month!!!  You can try raising 10 cows in quarter acre but then you will have to buy fodder from out of your farm and that too which are inferior quality fodder, pesticide sprayed grass and collect garbage (pesticide laden agro waste) as feed. This has been the traditional way of stall fed dairy farms. This is what is taught at even the best Indian Dairy Institutes of India. All of this will affect the bottom line and the health of the cows. By doing such work dairy farmer has been reduced to being just a bonded laborer whose job is indirectly to rear the heifers for 5yrs before it is sent to the slaughter house. Traditional model of Dairy farms are just a front for slaughter houses.

If you are disappointed… try selling water!!! Its… kind of the same thing… without ALL the disadvantages and better price. 

Pretty confusing… which way to go… right? Don’t worry by the time you have watched all of the videos here you will have answers to every single question. If you still have doubts it means you did not watch the videos properly and go back and watch again.

Let me add… It is usual for dairy farmers to sell inferior lowfat HF cow milk to people who pay them money and keep superior high fat desi cow milk for their familes. In all buffalo-milk dairies it is so common to add water….  that we can say as a rule that EVERYBODY adds water. If this is not cheating then what is?

If you have a herd that is a mix of HF cow and desi cow… and you are selling desi cow milk at higher price then how can the people know that the milk you are selling is not from HF cow?

Such an issue will definitely affect the dairy farmer’s credibility. Customers might not say that on your face… but they always know. Its better not to mix both these herd of cows if one is bothered about ones credibility. Moreover by doing such business there is always an opportunity for a new desi-cow-only dairy to take away your business.

There are many faults with HF cow herd. The biggest of them is of dealing with huge volume of inferior milk. Selling huge volume of inferior milk will always be a challenge… even for a small 6 herd dairy. Due to its low fat content it will not fetch a higher price nor will it be good for processed milk products. So most HF dairies sell to milk processing companies at very low rates like Rs17/ltr. This is cheaper than Bisleri water (bottled water)! It will reduce even more in the future as more people get into HF dairy farming. 

Check out Rotational Grazing:

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In rotational grazing livestock are moved to portions of the pasture, called paddocks, while the other portions rest. During grazing the cattle eats the best grass, avoids eating poisonous weeds and flattens the remaining grass by laying on it. The cattle also urinates and dungs the area thereby providing enough food for the organisms in the earth to nourish it and help regrow grass. This grazed area needs time to recover.

Dung: There is also a wonderful insect called dung beetle which love poop. When cattle poop they also urinate and little of this mixture of dung and urine seeps under the soil and attracts the dung beetle with SMELL. The earth-boring dung beetles (family Geotrupidae) are the best and you need them on your paddocks. These tunneler beetles take the dung under ground for their children. So more the dung,,, more they multiply.. and more fertile the soil becomes.This is another area where goat poop which is dry and ball-like become inefficient. Cattle dung is very efficient in this area. 

When it comes to poop, the fresher the better (at least from the dung beetle’s perspective). Once a dung patty has dried out, it’s less palatable to even the most dedicated poop eater. So dung beetles move quickly when an herbivore drops a gift in the pasture.

Dung beetles are really good at finding poop. One scientist observed 4,000 dung beetles on a fresh pile of elephant scat within 15 minutes after it hit the ground, and shortly thereafter, they were joined by an additional 12,000 dung beetles. So a good way to find out if the soil is good and has good quantity of dung beetle is to see how fast poop disappears from the soil top.

Smell of dung is another area how cows can be differentiated. Different kind of cows have different kind of dung-smell. This is a indication of the enzymes in their intestine. There are some cows which do not have a bad aroma and these cows are considered healthyl.

Next day the cattle is moved to a new part of the pasture.  Every time this happens the quality of the soil improves and this leads to the quality of produce/grass on this soil to improve.

If there is no extreme weather (Snow/Rain/flooding) then cattle can be kept on the farm (Kraals) full time (for day and night), provided ample water source is available for them. If the sun is too hot ensure there are trees in the area which can give enough shade or make a temporary tent to give them relief from the hot sun. 

So every paddock they move into they can stay for 24 hrs before moving to the next paddock. So for every paddock there will be need of a tent or shed for them to rest and ample water to drink.

In case there is less grass available in your area you can always try to grow hydroponic fodder in a Low Cost Open Air Hydroponic System like this:

 

What are the features of a good cow?:

Stall feeding is good or bad?:


Now you may go ahead and watch the videos one at a time! Start with the first video. Complete watching one video before you watch the other else there will be a lot of confusion in your mind.

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