Gir Cow Ghee is available at varied prices across online stores. Today, farmers and gaushalas (traditional Indian Cow farms) are also managing their own online stores so as to reach end consumers. What is the Best Price of Authentic Gir Cow Ghee ? In current times, this question is relevant both for consumers as well as traditional cow farmers who rear indigenous cows (Indian Humped Cows)
Unlike industrialized businesses , farming depends a lot on nature. Here, we are trying to explain the reasons contributing to downward or upward revision in prices of Gir Cow Ghee. These factors impact milk production and the cost involved in producing milk. A best price of Gir Cow Ghee is the one which benefits both – A Farmer and and A Consumer.
- Cow and Milk : A mother cow starts giving milk after giving birth to her calf. She comes to her peak of milk quantity after 30 days of calving. Depending upon the weather, cow shed and open space comfort, availability of feed and water her milking capacity will vary in the coming months. Like we human beings, every mother cow (Indigenous, Desi Indian Humped Cow) have a unique and different nature which will also impact her milking capacity in the coming days after calving. In 45-60 days of calving, a mother cow will come on heat again and will get ready for mating with a bull. The subsequent period from here on will also impact her milking capacity.
- Changes in Feed Type (Other than Grasses and Fodder) : Cow farmers in India have two choices for Feed Type. One is the packaged Cow Food available for sale in market and the second option is in-house stone grinding of grains, pulses and oilseeds for feeding to cows. In the first option, cows get a standard type of food across the year without any changes in taste or nutritional value and in the second option cows get food according to the season and weather requirements. The second option is always better for the welfare and health of cows. However this comes up with a challenge as many a times cows reduce their milking capacity with a change in taste and palatability of food. We at Saahi Gir Gaudham practice second option of feeding our mother cows.
- Changes in Feed Type-Green and Dry (Grasses and Fodder) : In India, there are many types of grasses and fodder (dry and green) available for feeding to cows. Major among them are of wheat, barley, green gram, black chickpeas, guar, paddy/rice, napier, groundnut, jowar (sorghum), javi (oats), makka (maize), bajri (millets) and others. Most of the cow farms in India stock dry fodder and silage at the start of season due to pricing benefits and feed to cows throughout the year. However, there are cow farms who practice feeding cows with multiple types of dry and green fodder through out the year which is also a traditional wisdom for the welfare and health of cows. The second option also comes up with same type of challenge as cows may reduce their milking capacity with change in palatability of fodder. We at Saahi Gir Gaudham practice feeding our mother cows with a variety of fodder throughout the year.
- Stress in Cows : Milking capacity of cows get impacted due to extreme weather conditions (both heat and cold).
- Increased Crop Production and Crop Damages : Farming is dependent on nature. A conducive weather throughout the crop cycle helps in fetching increased quantities of food and fodder for cows. On the other hand drought, excessive rainfall or hail storms lead to crop damages. These negative factors also damage harvested stored crops and fodder.
- Availability of Plentiful Water : Cows require ample amount of water during extreme summers to maintain their milking capacity. High milk producing cows need more water. Some farms practice providing ground water (which may be hard) to cows instead of river or rain water which may lead to reduced milking capacity of cows.
- Health of Calves : Mother Cows (only Indigenous, Desi Indian Humped Cows) remain much concerned about health of their calves. In conditions of not able to drink milk or death of their calves they reduce or stop giving milk.
- Change in Gwalas (person who milk cows with hands) : Many traditional desi cow farms in India practice hand milking. In scenarios of change in staff/family members busy elsewhere there is a need for change in gwalas. This change also impacts milking capacity of cows due to their emotional attachment with gwalas (only for Desi Indigenous Cows).
- Changes in Demand and Supply of Ghee : Like all types of food, this economic factor also impact prices of Gir Cow Ghee in market
- Other Factors : Changes in transportation, fuel and labour costs also impact prices of Gir Cow Ghee in market. Labour cost is one of the major factor as availability of manpower in rural areas is short during crop cultivation and harvest times and abundant during lean season.
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