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Cattle – Fish Integrated Farming System

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Cattle - Fish Integrated Farming System

Integrated cattle and fish farming is an ideal method for assured fish production in small
ponds (<0.1 ha). In this technology, the fish crop is raised using the cattle on the pond embankment
or any other suitable site of the farm.

Cattle Farming

Cattle shed :

  • The cow shed should be constructed at a stable and elevated site allowing direct sunlight to the
    platform, gutters and mangers of the cattle shed.
  • The floor should be concrete and should be slightly inclined leading a drain which is connected
    to a soak pit. A covered pit may be constructed nearby to store cow dung.
  • For the cattle shed, thatch is the best rooting material but asbestos can also be used.
  • Provisions for floor space should be made for suckling calf, older calf and cow. Floor space
    requirements are as follows :-

Space requirement

Cross bred cow

Standing space :1.2 × 1.2 m2 per animal.

Manger

Length : 0.6 m per animal
Width : 0.6 m per animal
Depth : 30 cm .

Gutter

Width : 20- 30 cm
Depth :2.5 cm with provision of gradient towards main dra in.

Suckling calf
Pen size :
Cover area: 1 × 1 m2 per calf
Open area : 2 × 1 m2 per calf

Older calf 
Pen size :
Cover area: 2 × 1 m2 per calf
Open area: 2 × 2 m2 per calf

Number :
For 0.1 ha water area, one cow with a calf is sufficient. The cow should be brought about two
months earlier to introducing fish into the pond.

2. Fish Farming :

  • The practices to be followed are similar to that of integrated pig- fish farming system.
  • In the pond, no chemical fertilization is required.
  • Cow should be brought to the shed about 2 months prior to stocking of pond with fish seed.
  • Cow urine is led to soak pit and cow dung is allowed to fall in the pond water. However, initially cow dung is cast all over the pond before stocking the pond with fish seed. No feed except green fodder required for Grass carp is applied into the pond.

Production :
Fish : 3500 kg/ ha
Milk : 24000 litres.
Calf : 10 nos./ ha.

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