Pak United Food Services Ltd., (PUFS) has earned a creditable name and become a major player in the animal husbandry market by building upon Pakistan's large livestock population. Introducing the concept of corporate cattle farming on scientific lines, the conglomerate uses a livestock development policy consisting of innovative strategies and action plans with the intention of bringing about a radical change in the current livestock production system. The cattle farms are established on rich and fertile acres of land and consist of an impressive and mixed herd of cows/buffalos and sheep/goats.
A hybrid meat breed is developed by crossing the local indigenous breeds which are predominately draught/milch animals with high meat yielding animals from other parts of the world. A herd management system is incorporated to improve record keeping and obtain information for bench marking decisions. The farms employ a state of the art feedlot design involving the integration of the standard components into a fully functional operating system. This consists of housing, feeding, watering, health-care and cattle effluent & manure management systems, making them well known across the country.
sheds & housing
The housing for the animals utilizes a proper lay out for the farm buildings while keeping in view the environment, climate and wind direction. Sheds, pens and paddocks are constructed according to different categories and sex groups besides other infrastructure & allied facilities. All buildings are made airy for the protection of the animals from extreme temperatures and strong winds. Adequate supply of water for drinking and cleaning is made necessary with strict maintenance of hygienic conditions. Ample sunlight and natural ventilation is assured to assist in the reduction of moisture and bacteria, offering a healthier, cleaner & drier environment while also reducing the risk of disease and mortality in the livestock.
feed & fodder
The farms are equipped with in-house feed formulation capabilities which produce feed of constant quality and are palatable, nutritious and free from contamination. Feed supplies are made available according to different feed formulae while keeping in view the nutrient value and energy levels. Daily requirements are worked out for each category and class to achieve improved growth & overall health. A restricted feeding regime is employed that is balanced & concentrated, containing minerals & vitamins, leading to an improved feed/gain ratio. Fodder & wheat/rice straws are purchased/contracted from the nearest markets, while treating it with ammonia or urea to improve the quality and gain a marked effect on cattle weight during the fattening period.
medication & vaccination
Regular vaccination of the whole herd against contagious and infectious diseases are carried out as a prophylactic measure in order to make sure that the animals are free of diseases of digestive, respiratory, urinary, gynecological and obstetrics by a designated veterinarian. A proactive health plan in employed to improve the health, welfare and productivity of the animals. A pre-weaning vaccination program is used with correct, effective and proper vaccines, dewormers, antibiotics and other medications to prime the immune systems of the animals. Furthermore post-weaning vaccination program is used to boost the immune system of the animals and increase the passive protection against common endemic livestock diseases.