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Systems based approach to a small scale dairy farm (Goshala): a case study

Vivek Radheshyam Darwai (Department of Chemical Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India)
Sachin Arvind Mandavgane (Department of Chemical Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India)
Prakash Lohia (Merino Industries Limited, Hapur, India)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 7 April 2022

Issue publication date: 11 May 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

One of the objectives of smart village is the efficient use of regional resources by local people to improve economic, social and environment conditions. Small-scale dairy farm (SDFs) exist in every village of India, contributing significantly to local economy and welfare of few families. The purpose of this work is to develop a mechanism to make SDF not only efficient but effective in operations.

Design/methodology/approach

A systems thinking approach is used to identify the variables influencing a SDF and develop a general framework – RAMHI (resources, alternate revenue, manpower, herd and infrastructure) comprising endogenous and exogenous variables. A representative SDF as a case study was chosen to implement RAMHI and assess its implementation feasibility and economic benefits.

Findings

Implementation of RAMHI gradually improves the economic benefits of a SDF. The key performing indicators like average milk produced/day; milk revenue/fodder cost; number of successful artificial insemination (AI) of herd/number of AI of herd; milking cow/dry cow; and milking cow/total cow, increased substantially in two successive years.

Originality/value

The literature reported and discussed individual variables influencing functioning of SDF while there are few conceptual frameworks proposed, comprising not more than three variables. This paper not only presents a comprehensive generalized framework – RAMHI, which comprises five variables like resources, alternate revenue, manpower, herd and infrastructure but also explains the implementation strategy and its benefits using a case study.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are thankful to M/s Merino Industries Ltd, India for providing funds and resources to undertake the work.

Citation

Darwai, V.R., Mandavgane, S.A. and Lohia, P. (2022), "Systems based approach to a small scale dairy farm (Goshala): a case study", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 503-518. https://doi.org/10.1108/BEPAM-01-2021-0022

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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