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 Pradeep K., founder VSPCA  Krishna Veni, CRPI action team  Sri Devi, CRPI action team

Pradeep K., Founder VSPCA
Krishna Veni, action team
Sri Devi, action team

Cow husbandry in India

Animals' Angels visited numerous villages in the state Seemandhra/Telangana (former Andhra Pradesh). Almost every household has two or three adult cows and several calves. The animals live under the same roof as the families or in nearby built shelters. During the day the cows are grazing at surrounding pastures, they wander through the village in search of food, or are tethered to posts together with their calves.

Small-scale Indian farmers are strongly convinced that a cow will only give milk if she has her calf around her: first the calf nurses, then the farmer milks. Once a cow is old or if a family has no use for male calves, the animals are sold. The families turn a blind eye to the fate of these animals.

Also a trend in India: high yielding-oriented bigger farms

There are still only very few big dairy farms in India, but their number is increasing. We visit a farm with 500 cattle near Visakhapatnam – a gigantic facility by Indian standards. Half of the animals are mixed breed of Brahman with Jersey, while the other half is buffalos. Overall attention is paid to output and efficiency. We are proudly shown a cow that has won awards with its milk output of 22 liters. However, the keeping methods do not meet the needs of the animals. The animals stand on bare concrete, tethered with short ropes.

The workers at this big farm do not believe that cows will only produce milk if they are together with their calves. Like in Europe, the calves are separated from their mothers after birth and the bull calves are sold for slaughter. Like in Europe, the bigger dairy farms lack total respect for cows or calves.