Daijiworld Media Network - Beltangady (SP)
Beltangady, Mar 6: A chemical engineer, instead of pursuing a high paying job, has resorted to undertaking dairying because of his love for indigenous breeds of cows. Abhinandan from Kajebail, Gampadakody in Indabettu village, who asserts that there is a need to get rid of poisonous food and seek quality food without any contamination, has resorted to dairying. He raises an indigenous Gir breed of cows.
Abhinandan, son of retired professor Annappa Gowda and Anasuya, completed his education at SDM College, Ujire and secured a chemical engineering degree from Bengaluru. He worked for eight years in different companies. As he disliked the type of food and lifestyle in the city, Abhinandan, after holding discussions with friends and parents, made up his mind to follow organic dairying. After deciding to undertake dairying, he contacted scientists of the National Dairy Research Institute at Adugodi and got their advice before starting dairying activity.
Abhinandan started his dairying by acquiring Gir cows in his five-acre land at a cost of about Rs 15 lac. Out of nine varieties of Gir cows, he produces milk from about 10 Gir breeds of cows having a unique bloodline. He has 10 cows, a bull, and five calves. Six of the cows are lactating and the others are approaching pregnancy.
He provides nine kinds of foods to the cattle by ensuring the correct balance of fat, fibre etc. Gir cow milk is treated as white gold in Ayurveda, This milk is believed to be rich in medicinal values. Abhinandan gets about 50 to 60 litres of milk per day. Gir milk is sold at Rs 90 per litre and its ghee costs Rs 2,990 a litre. Abhinandan also plans to market buttermilk and other products soon. In the coming days, he plans to mechanise the entire operations at his farm.