Comparative economics of specialized dairy farming, mixed farming and arable farming
Faroda, A.S.; Yadav, R.S.; Pal, R.N.
Haryana Agricultural University Journal of Research 8(4): 234-239
In an experiment carried out during 1973-1976 in Hissar, 2-ha areas were used for (i) specialized dairy farming, (ii) mixed farming and (iii) arable farming systems. In (i) all the land was used to cultivate fodder or feed crops to support 8 Murrah buffaloes. In (ii), 50% of the area was used for cereal and cash crops while fodder crops for 4 buffaloes were cultivated on the rest. Only 1 buffalo was kept in system (iii), with 90% of the land used for cereal and cash crops. The buffaloes in all 3 systems were fed green and dry fodder ad lib., with some supplementary concentrate. Av. annual net profit (Rs) was (i) 3434.07, (ii) 2640.85 and (iii) 1064.70. It is concluded that small and marginal farmers have better returns from dairy or mixed farming than from arable farming.