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Observations on nomadic trends in Bahawalpur City of Pakistan with reference to meat and milk production

Author(s): H. R. Chaudhry, | H. B. Rashid, | Mamoona Chaudhry, | H. Abdus Samad, | Mushtaq Aziz, | M. Alam Sabri, | Taslim Ghaouri | Abdul Qayyum

Journal: Research Opinions in Animal & Veterinary Sciences
ISSN 2221-1896

Volume: 1;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 300;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Goat | Sheep | Citinomads | Metronomads | Bahawalpur City

Bahawalpur City a booming and well furnished city of Bahawalpur District lying adjunct to the border of the Cholistan desert. A relatively small and economical City of Pakistan, furnished by almost all facilities of daily life. Shepherds and nomads usually migrate from nearby Cholistan desert. This study encompasses those shepherds and nomads who keep sheep and goats for their livelihood. There are about 200 such families currently operating in the suburbs of the City. They own sheep and goats of mixed variety. Their goats kid after natural mating and supply around 1to 2 litres of milk in a day. This milk is sold at the local tea stalls and milk stalls. Male kids are reared conventionally by their mothers (natural nursing) till 1-2 years of age and sold to the Eid market in Lahore, Faisalabad etc. The goats and sheep graze the municipal garbage disposal tankers. The sheep and goats eat the human waste like cut vegetable peeling, leftover food items, and dried fallen leaves and even disposed of paper. The daily cost of food for the animals is Rs. 0/- for that day and minimal feed cost results in good profit.
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