Livestock Research and Information Centre (Deoni)
Biradar Satish Chandra
Mandate of the Center
a. Conservation and maintenance of pure Deoni breed of cattle.
health and husbandry practices, draughtability and other aspects.
of livestock, poultry and fisheries activities with vermicomposting and
d. Demonstrate fodder and pasture cultivation to farmers and conserve
important fodder for grass varieties.
Deoni breed of cattle
The herd strength of pure breed of Deoni cattle has been
improved with present herd strength of 46 (25 adults – 18 female
and 11 male). After the formation of the new University, 14 calves
of pure Deoni breed have been
produced.Average milk yield of 3-4 kg /
day is being obtained from milking cows
and attention is being given to feeding
calves with milk. The University will be able to supply
pure breed calves to the farmers in North Karnataka
To demonstrate integrated livestock development, turkey and emu sheds have been developed,
in which 25 turkey ( 21 growers – white 10,
bronze 11 and 4 adults – 2
white and 2 bronze), and 2 emu (Growers – 1 male and 1 female are housed.
Two fish ponds of 65 sq m each have been developed.
These have been stocked with 2000 fingerlings of
common carp in January 2006. About 1000 advanced
fingerlings have been released to a Fisherman’s
cooperative to stock in their ponds during 2006.
Grassland (3.56 ha) with improved grass varieties has
been developed . 3.06 ha is under hybrid napier cultivation and 0.5 ha is under guinea grass cultivation. Already over 1000 grass roots have been distributed to farmers in Bidar and Gulbarga districts for grassland development during 2006.
3.70 ha is under sorghum (multicut),1.9
ha is under maize. Other fodder plants
being grown include Lucerne,
Stylosanthes hamata and wild bajra.
10 units of 21’ x 5’x 3’ have been developed for
vermicomposting. 3 kg Eudrilus eugeniae have been
stocked in each unit. A target of 4 ton vermicompost
production per unit /year has been set.
Feeding Azolla to cattle has been reported to increase
milk yield. To provide Azolla for the cattle in the farm
and to demonstrate this to farmers, 4 Azolla
production units of 21’ x 5’ x 1’ have been developed.
Facility for demonstrating rainwater harvesting has been set up in the farm .
Farmer training and
on various activities that are in progress in the farm. Further the farm facilities are
being used for training interns of veterinary course.
For further details contact:
Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Nandinagar, Bidar-585 401
Tel: 08482-245264; 245107 Fax: 08482-245107; 245106