ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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What Is Happening to Cows and Bulls of Sundarapalle

What Is Happening to Cows and Bulls of Sundarapalle? Uma Shankari Given the context of a prolonged drought, in which the little income they derived from dairying went a long way in meeting their survival needs, it is no wonder that the farmers of Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh studied here had a positive attitude to the crossbreed programme. But while the crossbreed cow is clearly a superior milch animal to the local breed and the local breed cow is fast becoming redundant for all categories of farmers, the fact that the bullocks cannot be dispensed with drives at least a few of the farmers to maintain bullocks. The losses from the bullocks are made up by the gains from the crossbreed cows. The landless, however, tend to maintain local breed cows even if it means far lower incomes since the investments and risks involved are smaller.

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