Pregnant cows starve at Veterinary University Farm
Mannuthy: Violating the norms of animal protection act, Vechur cows in the farm of the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) in Mannuthy are forced to struggle without proper food. It is reported that the animals here are starving since the last two days.
Shortage of grass and hay in the summer resulted in the pathetic condition of the cows. Due to grass shortage, only water is given to the 140 cows in the farm for the last two days.
On Friday, one bundle of grass and 15 kilo hay were given to the cows. Though workers reached the farm on Saturday and Sunday, they failed to manage grass to feed the cows.
Aged oxen numbering around 40, 30 vechur calves and 70 cows are in the farm. Seven workers are working in the farm to look after the cattle here.
A total of 120 bundles of grass should be fed to the cattle at a time per day. Meanwhile, the hot summer led to the shortage of grass. In order to meet the shortage of grass, 20 bundles of hay are fed to the cattle here at a time. But supply of hay also decreased since two months.
Negligence of the authority to pay for the hay suppliers led to the shortage in supply.
Over 10 pregnant cows are also starving here. Though the workers have informed the shortage of cattle feed to the farm authority, no action has been taken so far.
The farm in-charge refused to respond to the issue to the media. Earlier, Mathrubhumi has published the news on shortage of cattle feed here.