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Community-based productivity veterinary service
Artificial insemination service
Dairy farmers’ training
Inseminators’ training
Veterinarians’ training
Support services
Consultancy
 

Community-based productivity veterinary service

Five veterinarians of the project in their assigned areas make daily visit to at least 10 registered dairy farms. The veterinarians in consultation with project director deliver productivity veterinary services like general health management, nutrition, reproduction and udder health programs. Moreover, 1 Scientific Officer offers services to the registered farms on feeding management in 4 project areas on rotation basis. Data have been collecting through the Form-1: Farm Inventory/Preventive health/Feed; Form-2: Reproduction; Form-3: Mastitis; Form-4; General Health; Form-5: Economics. The veterinarians are delivering services to the farmers on a contract basis i.e., monthly visits at a scheduled time and emergency visits on need at fixed cost. The collaborative scientists also make their regular visits to the project area as per schedule.

Artificial insemination (AI) service

We established an AI center with four AI points covering the different corners of a community at Kanihari Union belongs to Mymensingh District. Four restraining chutes were installed. Frozen semen from progeny-tested Sahiwal and Mediterranean buffalo bull was imported from India and Italy for doing AI in cattle and buffaloes, respectively. We achieved conception rate of 54.5% in cattle and 22% for buffaloes. Pregnant cows and heifers were marked for tracking that they conceived after AI service from CDVF. AI-born calves were also marked by using ear tag for tracking their production improvement in future. Animal identification at smallholder dairy farms level is the first effort in Bangladesh. AI in cattle and buffaloes is now being successfully progressed.

Dairy farmers’ training

The training programme on “Profitable Dairy Farm Management” was arranged for the farmers. Training programme was conducted in fifty-two batches. The venue was at the different villages where cluster of farmers live. In the technical sessions different aspects of profitable dairy farms viz., productive and reproductive health management, udder health management, feeding management, preparation and feeding of urea molasses mineral block were discussed in details. Reproductive calendar and breeding wheel, a relatively new matter for recording reproductive data of cows, was accented in the discussion. Self-explanatory Farmers training manuals with 72 illustrations were developed. The manuals with detailed illustration helped the illiterate farmers to follow the training without difficulties. The trained farmers are supposed to well fit receiving update technology from the research area of the project.

Inseminators’ training

Refreshment training was arranged for the thirty-seven AI technicians working in the project area. During pre-training evaluation, only 57% inseminators deposited dye at the body of uterus. An evaluation was carried out for 11 professional AI technicians involved in the Government and Non-government AI program by fantom AI using straws filled in gentian violet. Only 18% of AI technicians did the correct phantom AI and 45% inseminators incorrectly thawed the semen straws. The study revealed that more attention should pay on the skill development of technicians for a successful AI program.

Veterinarians’ training

Skill development training was arranged for the veterinarians and scientific officers of the earlier project Field Fertility Clinic. The duration of the training was six days. The training programme covers theory lecturers on different aspects of bovine reproduction. Practical classes were held at Central Cattle Breeding Center and Dairy Farm at Savar, Dhaka. Diagnosis and treatment of the cows having infertility problems were done by participants whose were judged and discussed by the expert later.

Support Services

Our laboratory is well equipped to deliver progesterone ELISA reports on Day 21-24 after AI if the farmers are willing to send their milk sample. The whole episode from collection, transport, analysis and reporting estimated to be 14 days. AI bull fertility is also predicted in this laboratory using sperm image analysis and sperm membrane integrity test. Moreover, we do help farmers in preparation of silo pit with low cost method.

Consultancy

We do provide consultancy in various fields like (i) need-based training and training module preparation, (ii) quality semen production and processing, (iii) increased milk production and mastitis control, (iv) improved conception rate at AI, (v) low cost silage preparation and conservation
 
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