Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) has recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Markfed for the transfer of technology for calf-feed starters. Markfed’s cattle feed and allied industries, Gidderbaha, is an organisation involved in the manufacturing of cattle feed and feed supplements for different physiological functions.
The MoU was signed by Dr JPS Gill, Director of Research, GADVASU, and Davinder Singh, General Manger, Markfed.
Dr Parkash Singh Brar, Dean, College of Veterinary Sciences, appraised the house of the importance of calf starter in the dairy industry. He said GADVASU had already transferred about 15 technologies to various organisations.
Dr Manju Wadhwa, Head, Department of Animal Nutrition, said the shifting of calves from milk feeding to the solid ration feeding causes depression in the growth rate of calves. The feeding of quality calf starter would boost the growth of the calves during this transit phase and animals might reach the pubertal stage at an early age. This MoU would benefit both the cattle feed industry and progressive dairy farmers of the state.