Price of dairy cows increases; Rs 80,000 for cow that produces 10 litres of milk
As the arrival of dairy cows from other states stopped due to COVID-19 lockdown, the demand and price of cows in Kerala is on the rise. About a 20 percent hike is seen in the price of dairy cows. The quantity of milk produced by the cow is the factor to determine its price.
Earlier, the price of the cow was fixed at a rate of Rs 6,000 for one litre milk. But now upto Rs 80,000 is offered for a cow that produces up to 10 litres of milk a day. Majority of the middlemen buy cattle from village areas without any bargaining and sell them for a higher price.
The cows that stopped milk production are taken to butcher shops and this also led to the price hike. The price of beef, which was Rs 300 per kilogram, rose to Rs 400 recently. This also led to the increase in price of cattle.
As dairy farmers are unable to purchase cows, there is considerable decline in the amount of milk being brought to selling points, said milk society members. The price of cattle feed is also rising and it adds to their hardship. When one kilogram of BDS flour is available at Rs 17, one kilogram of wheat bran costs Rs 25.