Most of the livestock in the country is underfed which prevents Pakistan from meeting international standards in the sector, speakers at a seminar said on Saturday.
The seminar on Livestock Management under heat stress was organised by the University of Agriculture’s Faculty of Animal Husbandry. UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that feeding animals was a challenge for the country. He said that cattle and poultry livestock need special attention during summer.
He said that the milk production per animal in the country was low compared to other countries.
He said that water scarcity was threatening Pakistan’s food security. Dr Zurong Wang, representative of the CP Group, said that nutritiona management was critical during heat spells.
He said that hens can tolerate a constant temperature of 35 degrees Celsius, however, fluctuations in temperature can have an adverse impact on them.
Muhammad Sarwar, dean of the Faculty of Animal Husbandry, said that decreasing diet fibre in hot spells increases cow milk production. Saqib Waheed, country manager of Ghazi Brothers, a poultry feed manufacturer, said that the company was committed to improve the sector.
Professor Dr Muhammad Younas and Professor Dr Aslam Mirza also spoke on the occasion.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 10th, 2012.