Buffaloes are being developed as a triple purpose farm animal for milk, draught and meat production in many developing countries and some developed countries. Buffalo milk and meat are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world because of their high nutritive value and low cholesterol content. Buffaloes contribute to 60% of milk production in India. Feeding is the most important factor in the productive and reproductive performance and the health of buffaloes. A suitable feeding package is required for the optimum exploitation of the inherent production potential of buffaloes. Scientific feed formulation, employing diversified tropical feed resources, exactly matching to the need of the animal and feeding according to requirement will surely reduce the wastage of feed or nutrients, stress to the animals and reduce environmental pollution. In the book an attempt has been made to provide an accurate, comprehensive and useful review of the scientific literature on buffalo nutrition and to present updated recommendations for the supply of nutrients and the nutritional requirement of buffaloes. This book will be useful for students, research workers, extension workers, buffalo husbandry managers and progressive farmers.
Dr. S.S. Paul is senior scientist of animal nutrition at Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, sub-campus Nabha, Punjab. He received his undergraduate degree (B.V.Sc. & A.H.) from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal. He received his master's degree in animal nutrition from NDRI, Karnal and Ph.D. in animal nutrition from IVRI, Izatnagar. He was awarded with Merit certificate by NDRI, national merit scholarship, ICAR junior research fellowship, Jawaharlal Nehru award for outstanding post graduate agricultural research (2003) and Dr. K.Pradhan young scientist award (2004-05). To his credit, he has 23 research papers in National and International peer reviewed journals, 20 extension articles, 35 research abstracts, 10 genbank submissions and 2 books. The author is life member of Animal Nutrition Society of India, Animal Nutrition Association, Indian Veterinary Association, Indian Society for Buffalo Development and Indian Association for Animal Production.
Dr. Dalip Lal is Principal Scientist in Buffalo Nutrition Division at Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, Hisar (Haryana). He did his graduation (B.Sc. Dairy Husbandry), master degree (M.Sc. Animal Nutrition) and Ph.D. degree from NDRI, Karnal. He joined as Scientist ARS in 1978 at IVRI, Izatnagar (UP) and is working in the field of Animal Nutrition with specific interest in Buffalo Nutrition and mineral supplementation at CIRB, Hisar. To his credit, he has published 70 research papers in the journals of National and International repute in addition to 40 research abstracts and about 18 extension articles. The author is a life member of Animal Nutrition Society of India, Animal Nutrition Association and Indian Society for Buffalo Development.