The Centre's Dairy plays a very important role in supplying
milk to the entire community at Rajghat campus. The livestock
farm was established way back in 1981 with 50 cows with
help of People Action for Development in India (PADI). The
present cattle population stands at 85. Of which, cows'
population is 46. Among these 46 cows, 36 are productive.
The cattle belong to a hybrid variety -Holistein Frison.
The average daily production of milk is around 350 litres
per day. During the peak season (Nov-March) it is 9 litres/cow
and in the lean period (July-Sept) it is 7 to 7.5 litres/cow.
After meeting the campus demand for milk the dairy sells
the surplus in the market.
Presently there are 15 heifers, 17 female calves, 5 male
calves, 1 bull and a bullock. The cattle population requires
around 70 tonnes of fodder. 10 tonne will be sourced from
outside. And rest of fodder is produced by our agriculture
The centre grows 60 tonnes of baraseem, jowar, bajra, etc,
to meet the green fodder requirement. The paddy and wheat
straw produced on farm is used as dry fodder.
" The livestock farm intends to have a spacious cowshed
for the cattle to house.
" Very importantly, a labour room for attending deliveries
will be constructed.
" In order to check a diseases spreading by the sick
cattle, a separate sick room needs will be built in the
" There is ample scope for increasing number of cows
in the livestock farm and the Centre intends to add more
cows in the days to come.
Bio Gas Plant
The cattle in the dairy unit generate approximately 1000
kgs of cow dung every day. This is being used for producing
biogas. About 10 years ago, KVIC assisted in installing
a bio gas plant having 45 cu.m capacity. For a brief period,
the plant was not functioning due to technical problems.
Now the problem has been rectified and it is functioning
well. The biogas is used for cooking purposes and 11 families
are deriving benefit from this plant. The plant needs overhauling
to make it more efficient, since it is almost a decade old.
Presently the plant is underutilized and as mentioned earlier,
it needs a thorough overhauling. After it is serviced, the
Centre is exploring to utilize the surplus gas produced
for running a diesel generator in addition to using as cooking
We need support of individual/organization who can help us
installing/fixing the necessary efficient devices to the existing
diesel generator to utilize the surplus biogas for running