Feeding farm animals for optimum and economic production is the most important aspect, costing about 60-70% of total input on animal raising. Keeping this in view forage based animal farming seems to be the appropriate answer for the successful development of animal husbandry in the developing countries like India. A considerable amount of work has been done on the various aspects of forage/ herbage production, harvesting & processing, storage and utilization at IGFRI, NDRI, IVRI and elsewhere. In this book an attempt has been made to organize the available pertinent information on feeding of farm animals, like cattle, buffalo, sheep and goat. Being introduced with the farm animals in Indian perspectives, this book constrains adequate information on basic and practical aspects of carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, minerals and vitamins, feeds and fodder evaluation. Detailed information has been given on forage, pasture and silvipasture production, and their utilization through farm animals. Use of agro-industrial by-products their processing and conservation of forages for scarcity feeding, and codex alimentarius to face the challenges of feeding in an era of WTO market are the special feature of the book. It is hoped that this will be highly useful to researchers, teachers, students and farmers alike.
Dr. S.S Kundu is currently Principal Scientist and Head, Plant Animal Relationship Division at IGFRI, Jhansi (U.P.). He has over 28 years of experience in the field of ruminant nutrition research. He was instrumental in initiating and shaping the work on feed technology, developing the feed block technology and feed microscopy for quality assurance. Dr. Kundu has undergone advanced training in the field of ruminant nutrition at the Netherlands and U.K. He is pioneer worker in the field of carbohydrate, protein fractionations of animal feeds in the country. In addition to books on “Buffalo Production Under Different Climatic Regions, Animal Feed Technology, Complete Feed Block (Bulletin)”, he has more than 150 research publications in the Journal of National and International repute. He has guided many post graduate and Ph. D. students at NDRI, Karnal. He is Vice President (Animal Nutrition Society of India), and also life member of eight scientific societies.
Dr Sultan Singh is a Scientist (Animal Nutrition) in PAR at IGFRI, Jhansi (UP). His main areas of research in last 12 years are rumen metabolism and microbiology and evaluation of feeds and fodders. Transinoculation a mean of rumen manipulation and standardization of technique for in vitro dry matter digestion are accredited to his accomplishments. Recipient of two awards viz. ICAR Team Award (1994-96), for outstanding research in Agriculture and allied sciences and ICAR Young Scientist Award (1997-98) for his outstanding contribution in field of Animal Nutrition. He has over 50 research papers published in National and International journals and 3 Technical bulletins to his credit.
Dr. S.K. Mahanta, Scientist (Animal Nutrition), PAR Division, IGFRI, Jhansi has 10 years of research, extension and training experience in farm animal nutrition and feeding. He specializes in forage evaluation and development of forage based feeding system for different categories of ruminants. He has over 40 research papers of national and international repute. He is also in editorial board of two national journals and an active member of many scientific societies.
Dr. G.H. Pailan is currently working as scientist (Animal Nutrition) in the PAR Division at IGFRI, Jhansi (U.P.). He did B. V. Sc & A.H. from B.C.K.V., West Bengal, M. Sc. (A.N.) and Ph. D in Animal Nutrition from NDRI Karnal. He has about 10 years experience in the field of ruminant nutrition with specialization in protein nutrition and nutrition of grazing livestock. He is recipient of Dr. S.K. Ranjhan Award for best Ph. D thesis in Animal Nutrition and Allied Subjects for the biennial 1995-1997. He has over 35 research publications in national and international journals.