This dairy farmer tells story of flood survival with 19 cows
Kumarakom: An entire village is lauding the efforts of a young farmer who struggled hard to save his cattle from the flood. Aymanam Cheeppungal native Dennis became a star of his village for his efforts in taking care of his cows.
Dennis and family worked hard to take his twelve cows and seven calves wading through the waist deep water to Cheeppungal bridge amidst flood. Even his neighbors helped him in the mission. After the struggle, all the 19 cows were shifted to a relative’s house at Nalpathimala in Athirampuzha in two national permit lorries.
After the flood water receded, the cows were brought back to the farm in Cheeppungal. Dennis and family are traditionally dairy farmers. It has been only two months since the family started the farm increasing the number of cows. The farm comprises of Jersey, Holstein Friesian and Sindhi cattle varieties.
Dennis used to supply 100 litres of milk to Cheeppungal milk producers cooperative society every day. But after the flood, the supply was reduced to 60 liters per day. The scarcity of green grass and hay due to flood is the reason for the decline in milk production, said Dennis.
They bought 10 cows spending Rs 6.5 lakh. Of this, Rs 3.65 lakh was granted from the scheme fund of the milk society. Also the farm was modernized spending Rs 9 lakh. Dennis has the full support from his wife Litty and mother Thressiamma for running the dairy farm.