Ludhiana | GADVASU warns goat herders as heat wreaks havoc on livestock

Due to extreme heatwave-like conditions, experts from the Guru Angad Dev University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (GADVASU) have advised farmers to follow science-based goat-rearing practices.

Goats suffer from a wide variety of conditions, the most prominent being diarrhoea, which can be due to ingestion of toxic materials, including tree leaves, or from amphistomia. The latter is a disease caused by a two-mouthed trematode.

Dr. RK Sharma, Head Professor of Veterinary Animal Husbandry Extension Training Department, advised farmers to have proper planning regarding land, animal husbandry and balanced diet, focusing on the use of native herbal preparations rather than high doses of antibiotics. .

Farmers can contact the academic experts through the Pashu Palak Tele-Advisory helpline numbers (62832-58834 and 62832-97919) which remain operational from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on all working days.

Previously, the UPA had issued an opinion on the adverse effects on field crops

The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) had also issued an advisory to warn farmers in the state about the adverse effects of abnormally high temperatures, resulting in a heat wave, on field crops as well as livestock.

The sudden rise in temperature had caused a drop in the yield of the wheat crop at the beginning of the year.

Ashok Kumar, Director of Extension Education, PAU, warned against thermal shocks as well as increased water demand.

He said to avoid heat stress and dehydration, keep animals indoors, provide them with water and nutritious food frequently, and provide animals with showers from time to time to maintain their temperature. bodily. Coolers/fans can also be fitted for animals, especially cows of exotic breeds.

The advisory also states that newly sprouted plants can be injured or even killed by sunburn. The paddy nursery and the tender leaves of the recently germinated cotton crop may be affected. It can also affect the growth and flowering of vegetable crops and cause flower drop in the moong.

Good humidity should be maintained by providing irrigation to avoid yield loss in orchards, especially mango, lychee, pear and citrus. Straw mulch can also be useful in reducing the heat load of small, tender plants.

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