With the de-linkage of Agricultural Research Farm Rasal-e-Wala in 1962 from the newly established University of Agriculture, Lyallpur, a section named Livestock Management came into being which was later on renamed as Agronomy Livestock Section in 1972, now called Agronomy (Forage Production) Section from 2000.
Striving for better nutrition for live stock
- To develop the package of production technology for newly evolved fodders/forages cultivars (seed rate, irrigation/fertilizer requirements etc).
- Standardization and value addition of dairy products.
- To conduct feeding performance trials of newly evolved fodders/forages cultivars (proximate analysis, palatability/digestibility and effect on production and health of dairy animals etc).
- To provide means to educate farmers regarding benefits derived from efficient and profitable forage based dairying to improve the economic and social well-being of dairy farmers.
- To develop technology for feeding to animals during lean periods (hay and silage etc).
- To disseminate the research findings through publications (popular urdu articles and research papers).
- Sunflower meal @ 20% in dairy cattle feed proved superior than cotton seed cake for milk production and weight gain.
- Molasses @ 15% in dairy cattle feed improved feed intake and milk yield.
- Dicalcium phosphate @ 1% resulted in relief of milk fever.
- Ryegrass gave four cuts and almost similar green fodder yield in comparison with berseem.
- Sadabahar sown in second week of February covered the summer scarcity period.
- ½ recommend dose of N along with 1.5% foliar application of urea 60 DAS saves almost 1 bag of urea per hectare without affecting green fodder yield of oat.
- Wheat bran and cotton seed cake in the ratio of 50:50 gave highest milk yield I buffalos.
- A combination of wheat bhoosa and green fodder of berseem in the ratio 20:80 respectively resulted in maximum milk yield in buffalos.
- Production technology of Super and Anmol berseem varieties, sorghum variety, MR-2011, Ryegrass RG-1, Pearl Millet variety Sargodha-2011 and oat-2011 was evolved for general cultivation.
- Feeding performance trials for toxic hazards and effect on milk and meat production of animals.
Anees ul Hussnain Shah