All may think for a while on hearing the question what is the connection between a BTech student and a dairy farm. But if you ask this to Jamsheer, a fourth year BTech student of Dairy Technology Engineering College in Mannuthy in Thrissur, he will introduce you to his dairy farm at Kizhissery in Kuzhimanna near Kondotty of Malappuram. He has set a model for the youth by running a successful dairy business even before completing his graduation.
Entry to dairy sector
Jamsheer happened to know about the two-year Dairy Diploma course offered by the Veterinary University after completing Plus Two in 2013. Since he was familiar with cattle at his home, he went to Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in Wayanad and joined the course.
However, Jamsheer was aware that only theoretical study cannot make one successful in dairy farming. Thus he decided to make it practical and initiated his dream project by buying two cows.
Though he applied for financial assistance through agricultural department, he was not considered. But he continued the business with his own effort and family’s support. Thus the number of cows grew from two to five.
By the time he completed the diploma course, he tried to get admission in Dairy Engineering College of the university through lateral entry. He cleared the entrance and joined the course.
Many people advised him to drop the dairy farm as it may affect his studies. But Jamsheer proved that he can manage both and is about to pass the course this year.
Dairy farm in full swing
The 24-year-old’s dairy farm ‘PCM’ has a total of 40 cows including 25 milking cows at present. The cows belong to Holstein Friesian, Jersey and other hybrid breed which give upto 15 litres of milk per day.
Some cows even produce more than 30 litre milk. The daily average milk production in this mini dairy farm is more than 250 litre. Jamsheer also bagged the award for the best dairy farmer in the panchayat last year.
The cows are fed with hybrid Napier grass grown in the farm, corn powder, bran, cotton seed cake and probiotic mixture. Jamsheer also cultivates hybrid Napier grass in the farm for feeding the cow. Jamsheer said that the grass cultivation is a major factor that influenced the success of his farm.
An automatic water bowl system has been installed to provide fresh water all the time. Mist cooling system and ceiling fans are arranged to help reduce heat in the dairy farm. Rubber mats are spread on the floors to allow the cows to take rest.
Melody for cows
Melody songs are played all the time except during milking for entertainment. Jamsheer opines that playing music is good for boosting milk production. Also the cows seem to enjoy songs some times, he said. Milking machine and chaff cutter also are used in the dairy farm.
The cows are allowed to graze around the 2.5 acre farm for an exercise. He gives a quarantine period of three weeks for the new cows to ensure their health and fitness. This helps avoid spreading of diseases like Theileria and Anaplasma.
Timely vaccination and insurance coverage also have been ensured by the young entrepreneur. The cows are insured through the government’s Gau Samridhi and Gau Samridhi Plus schemes.
The farm also includes a cow dung processing unit and biogas plant for waste management. The processed cow dung and slurry are used for organic farming in the farm. Due to the proper waste management system, Jamsheer’s dairy farm is the first of its kind in the panchayat to get a government license.
Apart from the dairy farm, Jamsheer has also cultivated banana, yam, taro, pumpkin, green chilli, cassava, bush orange and other crops around the land. Local chicken and ducks are grown in the farm. For guarding the farm, there are two Rottweiler dogs also.
A mixed farming method is implemented in Jamsheer’s dairy farm. In this method, both animal husbandry and organic farming are combined wisely. The waste from dairy farm is used as fertiliser for organic farming.
Though many a people have tasted failure by starting dairy farm. But Jamsheer has a different experience from his four-year-old venture. Even after deducting expenses for labour charge, cow feed, electricity and treatment, about Rs 4000 can be saved a day. Nearly a net profit Rs one lakh can be earned every month, he said.
A large share of milk produced in the farm is sold to Milma. About 80 litres of milk is supplied to the locals in small quantities for Rs 60 per litre. Jamsheer has not taken any loan for the business yet. He manages to invest the profit for the expansion of the dairy farm.
When he is busy with studies during exams, his mother helps him to handle financial affairs of the farm. His father, brother and uncle also supports him in the venture. Jamsheer said that family’s support is a great factor that helps him to run the business without affecting studies.
Plans a dairy plant
Jamsheer is planning to launch a dairy plant in future for milk processing and manufacturing milk products with his own brand. He believes that small scale dairy brands have wide acceptance among the locals.
The huge number of customers who come to buy milk from him is the evidence for his claim. With hard work and confidence, this young man seems to reap success from his dream project.
Jamsheer can be contacted at 7012337539