Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Kapurthala, February 11
A 39-year-old dairy farmer from Jatike village in Kapurthala district is setting an example for other farmers who are desperate to increase their income. Harpreet Singh, who started with only one cow in 2005, now owns 60 cows and one of his cows has attained a prestigious position in the state-level dairy fair.
While living in a remote village of Kapurthala and leading a simple life, he has achieved a name for himself and his village and listed himself as one of the top producers of the cow milk.
At a dairy fair organised in December last year near Ludhiana, he had participated and won one of the top positions in the fair as his cow of Holstein Friesians breed gave 51.243 kg of milk.
Harpreet said proper feed, management, providing favourable environment to cows/cattle were the factors that support in increasing their milk productivity.
He has also kept his cattle under the shed made of hay straw which helps to maintain the temperature, warm in the winters and cool during summers, which is helpful for domestic animals to grow.
Harpreet said at the time of the fair, he was not well and could not look after the cow properly but now, he claimed that the cow was giving nearly 70 litres of milk per day.
Not only does he sells the milk, but also do processing and prepares other milk products such as ghee, curd, cheese and sell these to customers across the length and breadth of the state.
He said he had shunned liquified petroleum gas (LPG) gas cylinders and had set up a bio gas plant and was using biogas instead for various purposes.
“Now, my wife now cooks using gobar gas and thus, it is also helping us economically,” he said.
Besides, the farmer chooses to live close to the nature as he is also involved in organic farming. He has grown various fruits such as strawberry, litchi and guava in his fields and says that they did not eat anything which was not natural.
“We grow vegetables and fruits here and only consume them,” the progressive dairy farmer said.
In a similar manner, Harpreet Singh from Noorpur Hakima village of Moga stood first in the fair as his cow produced 70.316 kg of milk.
Cow bagged top spot in dairy fair
While living in a remote village of Kapurthala and leading a simple life, dairy farmer Harpreet Singh has achieved a name for himself and his village and listed himself as one of the top producers of the cow milk. At a state-level dairy fair held last year near Ludhiana, his cow won one of the top positions in the fair as his cow of Holstein Friesian breed gave 51.243 kg of milk. He said at the time of the fair, he was not well and could not look after the cow properly but now, he claimed, it is giving nearly 70 litres of milk per day.