Integrated Fish cum Cattle Farming
- Fish farming by using cattle manure has long been practiced in our country.
- This promotes the fish-cum-cattle integration and is a common model of integration.
- Cattle farming can save more fertilizers, cut down fish feeds and increase the income from milk.
- The fish farmer not only earns money but also can supply fish, milk and beef to the market.
Pond management practices:
- Cow dung is used as manure for fish rearing.
- About 5,000 - 10,000 Kg/ha can be applied in fish pond in instalments.
- After cleaning cow sheds, the waste water with cow dung, urine and unused feed, can be drained to the pond.
- The cow dung promotes the growth of plankton, which is used as food for fish.
Cattle husbandry practices:
- The cow sheds can be constructed on the embankments of the fish farm or near the fish farm.
- The locally available material can be used to construct the cow shed. The floor should be cemented.
- The outlet of the shed is connected to the pond so that the wastes can be drained into the pond.
- Cultivable varieties of cows are black and white (milk), Shorthorn (beef), Simmental (milk and beef), Hereford (beef), Charolai (beef), Jersey (milk and beef) and Qincuan draft (beef).
Cattle cum fish farming