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Himachal Pradesh

Maintenance Of Pregnant Desi/Indigenous Cows Ration For BPL Families

Department Of Animal Husbandry, Himachal Pradesh
Desi Cows Ration Maintenance
Livestock Farming
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Maintaining a proper and balanced ration for pregnant Desi/Indigenous cows is crucial for the health of cows and the growth and development of calves. Providing a nutritious and balanced diet can also help reduce the risk of health complications during and after pregnancy. The Government of Himachal Pradesh has an initiative or scheme that is aimed at the maintenance of pregnant Desi/Indigenous cows ration for BPL families of all categories of livestock farmers.

Scheme Introduction:

About 6.5 Lakh cows and buffaloes become pregnant every year in the state. They remain in lactation for about 6 to 7th months of pregnancy, thereafter a dry period of three months is given to them so that the calf may develop properly and yield optimum milk in the coming lactation. Due to small land holdings, the BPL families of the state cannot provide nutritious and balanced diets to pregnant animals. Thus the health of the mother and calf is affected and an underweight calf is born through the cow has the capacity to yield optimum milk but due to a lack of nutritious and balanced ration, it does not yield milk up to its capacity. The department, due to its limited resources cannot assist the farmers in providing nutritious diets to their pregnant animals. Therefore, under this scheme cattle feed to pregnant cows will be provided at a 50% subsidy to these families for the last trimester (three months) of pregnancy.


  1. Increase in milk production thereby providing more economic gains to the farmers.
  2. To reduce the inter-calving period which will ultimately result in more calves and higher milk production.
  3. To improve the health of pregnant cows so that their full milk production potential can be realized after parturition.
  4. To ensure the birth of healthy calves free of diseases and malnutrition so that they grow to become higher-producing animals.
  5. As the incentive is being given to Desi/Indigenous cows the farmers can be motivated to rear such animals.

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