African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6849

Full Length Research Paper

Present feeding management practices and socio-economic conditions of dairy farmers in selected areas of Bangladesh

Nasrin Sultana
  • Nasrin Sultana
  • Office of Director (Research), Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka-1341, Bangladesh.
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Jobaida Shovna Khanam
  • Jobaida Shovna Khanam
  • Goat Production Research Division, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka-1341, Bangladesh.
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Tarequl Islam
  • Tarequl Islam
  • Office of Director (Research), Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka-1341, Bangladesh.
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Mohammed Khorshed Alam
  • Mohammed Khorshed Alam
  • Buffalo Research and Development Project, Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka-1341, Bangladesh.
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Shamim Hasan
  • Shamim Hasan
  • Office of Director (Research), Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute, Savar, Dhaka-1341, Bangladesh.
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  •  Received: 27 December 2022
  •  Accepted: 03 March 2023
  •  Published: 31 January 2024

Abstract

A field survey was conducted with a total of 540 dairy farmers interviewed personally to collect data on their socio-economic condition and feeding management practices of dairy farmers from 6 Upazila under 3 divisions of Bangladesh. As result, a maximum of the respondents (43%) belonged to the secondary level of education whereas only (3%) of the illiterate farmer was involved with dairy farming. Farmers of patiya owned the highest amount of land (253.5 decimal/household) whereas the lessened in Munshiganj (76.4 dec). Intensive farming was preferred mostly by half of the respondents rather than extensive (34%) and mixed (8%) farming. Crossbred genotypes were preferred most (86%) to rear for dairying than deshi animals (14%). Each farm had 4.0 no’s lactating cows irrespective of the area but the maximum was found in munshiganj (7.0 nos/ farm). The average daily milk production scenario was 9.15±4.54 liters for cross and 3.26±1.01 liters for deshi cows. Farmers preferred grass-based feeding systems for dairying supplemented with straw and concentrate. The study also revealed that the annual income from dairy businesses ranged between 305235 to 1223369 BDT in the areas considered under this study.

Key words: Cattle genotypes, farming system, feeding management, milk production, annual income.