The Animal Sciences University Guru Angad Dev Veterinary organized a one-week training session on goat rearing to empower, enable self-employment, and elevate youngsters.
According to the training coordinators, ten trainees from Punjab participated in this training programme.
Goat farming is a developing industry today, and people from many walks of life are starting their own goat farms. The department has already completed three goat training programmes this year, and more are planned.
These training programmes aid in the participants’ overall development and increase their knowledge and awareness of the best techniques for raising cattle scientifically. The training programme covered both theoretical and practical aspects of goat farming, such as breeds, management, breeding shed design, weather management, diseases and their prevention, value addition of meat and milk, the economics of goat farming, etc. The training programme included theoretical lectures and hands-on training in handling goats, measuring temperature, spotting healthy animal signs, determining age by looking at dentition, and hoof management.
The farmers were briefed by Dr Parkash Singh Brar, Director of Extension Education, about the existing situation and the anticipated need for goat farming. He also emphasised the value addition of goat products, such as milk and meat, which may increase a farmer’s revenue and contribute to the farmer’s financial and nutritional stability.
According to Dr Rakesh Kumar Sharma, the head of the department of veterinary extension education, the veterinary university is transferring and distributing information on goat husbandry using ICT media (a mobile app that can be downloaded from the Google Play store) and printed books.