This Department started functioning in Veterinary College and Research Institute, Orathanadu in the year 2012 to offer undergraduate courses in Animal Nutrition.
This Department is offering three undergraduate courses for the B.V.Sc & A.H students.
Animal Nutrition (3+1)
Scientific knowledge on feeding management of various livestock species, preparation of low cost concentrate mixture & mineral mixture and conservation of green fodders as silage are transferred to the farmers through popular articles, pamphlets, delivering radio talks & guest lectures, participating exhibitions & mass contact programmes. Consultancy services are also offered to the farmers.
During the year 2017-18, 9 research articles and 2 popular articles were published. 2 Pamphlets regarding feeding practices were prepared. 4 Radio talk/TV programmes and 27 Guest lectures were delivered.
Animal Nutrition laboratory is equipped with all the equipments as per VCI norms such as Kjeldahl apparatus, Soxhlet apparatus, muffle furnace, hot air oven, UV- spectrophotometer and flame photometer for under graduate education.
Other advanced equipemnts viz.
Animal Feed Analytical and Quality Assurance Laboratory (AFAQAL) is established under centrally sponsored scheme on "Establishment of Animal Feed Analytical and Quality Assurance Laboratory " with a budget of Rs. 115 lakhs. During the year 2017-18, 54 feed samples were analysed for 196 parameters.
TANUVAS funded self financing scheme on "Establishment of feed mixing unit" is functioning in this Department since April, 2014 with a budget of Rs. 4.00 lakhs. In this scheme around 208.37 tonnes of concentrate mixture were prepared and supplied last year to the livestock maintained at different sections of VCRI, Orathanadu, government farms and also farmers in and around the Cauvery delta region. In addition, a feed processing and demonstration unit was established under NADP scheme on "Establishing regional feed processing and demonstration unit" with a budget of Rs. 184 lakhs. Low cost concentrate mixture for various livestock species was prepared in the form of mash, pellet and crumbles. It is used as a demonstration unit for students and entrepreneurs. A complete feed block unit was established to produce nutritionally enriched complete feed blocks using paddy straw, sorghum stover, maize stover and other agricultural by-products. TANUVAS funded revolving fund scheme on "TANUVAS SMART Mineral mixture production centre at Department of Animal Nutrition, VCRI, Orathanadu" is functioning in this Department since June, 2015 with a budget of Rs. 3.00 lakhs. A total of 85 tonnes of SMART mineral mixture were prepared and supplied to the department of Animal Husbandry, Government of Tamil Nadu.
Animal Nutrition laboratory
Ether extraction system
Nitrogen distillation system
Hot air oven and Muffle furnace
Twin shaking water bath
Visit of Honourable Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, The District Collector, Thanjavur and The Director, Animal Husbandry to AFAQAL
Professor and Head
Department of Animal Nutrition
Veterinary College and Research Institute
Phone No: +91-4372-234011