Animal Husbandry


Adilabad district is endowed with rich livestock resources characterized by subsidiary dairy animals, small dairy units, backyard poultry, specialized poultry farming, extensive sheep flock, often migratory system etc. Livestock plays an important role in improvement of rural Livelihood.

The mandate given to Animal husbandry department is to build the health of the nation by increasing the availability of Animal origin foods like milk, meat and eggs to human population through scientific breeding, feeding and disease management of livestock. Besides, it strives to improve the wealth of the nation by enhancing the animal productivity and their production. In addition, various livestock based poverty alleviation programmes are implemented by the Department.

The charter of the Animal Husbandry Department in brief

  • Improving the production potential by way of breed up gradation in cattle and buffaloes through Artificial insemination.
  • Providing preventive and curative health care to livestock through constant vigil on disease outbreaks, rendering preventive vaccinations, deworming and treatment of ailing animals.
  • Augmenting fodder production to meet the nutritional requirements of livestock.
  • Providing relief measures to livestock during natural calamities.
  • Building awareness among farmers on profitable livestock production.
  • Coordinating with health department in controlling diseases of zoonotic importance.
  • Providing technical support to livestock based poverty alleviation programme.
  • Updating the skills of technical as well as Para veterinary staff at regular intervals in the areas of scientific breeding, feeding and management of livestock.


  • Sheep Rearing Development Programme: The Government of Telangana has initiated a new flagship programme for the welfare of shepherds (Golla, Kuruma, Yadava families). The programme is aimed at self sufficiency of meat production in the state by utilizing the natural resources and to prevent import of sheep for slaughter from other states like, Karnataka, Maharastra, Andhra Pradesh.

The scheme will be implemented in two years. i.e., 2017-18 & 2018-19. In this scheme the shepherds who have crossed the age of 18 years are eligible. All the shepherds will be covered in these two years.

The beneficiaries were selected in transparent manner by conducting special Gramasabhas where lottery system is adopted. Out of 100 eligible farmers, lottery was conducted in Gramasabha wherein the list of beneficiaries is prepared basing on seriatum in the lottery.   List A (2017-18) and List B (2018-19) is finalized (50+50) as per lottery.

The Unit Cost is 1,25,000/- in which 20+1 units (20 female and 1 male) will be inducted to each beneficiary. Out of total unit cost 75% (Rs. 93,750/-) is Government subsidy and 25% (Rs. 31,250/-) is the beneficiary contribution.
The Sheep will be invariably grounded from Other States like Karnataka, Tamilnadu or Odisha in order to add more sheep to our existing population.

  • Sheep & Goat Deworming Programme:The Veterinary & Animal Husbandry department is conducting Mass Free Sheep & Goat Deworming programme, thrice a year for the benefit of shepherds to control parasitic infestations among the flocks.
  • Foot & Mouth Disease Vaccination Programme:Conducting Mass FMD Vaccination programme twice a year for control of Foot & Mouth Disease in large animals.
  • Disease Control measures in Large animals, Small Animals and Poultry:All the preventive measures have been adopted to control the outbreaks of livestock diseases in the district.

Prophylactic vaccinations in endemic areas for Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (H.S), Black Quarter diseases (B.Q).

Continuous efforts are being made to control the sheep diseases and to sensitize the shepherds as well as departmental staff on sheep diseases.

The Mass Poultry Vaccination Programme is being conducted to save the village poultry against Ranikhet Disease.

  • Cattle Breed Improvement by Artificial Insemination through Veterinary Institutions:(108) Veterinary Institutions are providing A.I. Services in the district.
  • Cattle Breed Improvement by Artificial Insemination through Gopalamitras:Apart from that, Goplalamitra centres are providing door step A.I. Services to the farmers.
  • Supply of Fodder Seed on subsidy basis to encourage individual Fodder Cultivation:Fodder scarcity is the major constraint in the district, as the agricultural crop residues are megre, due to low rainfall and ground water level. Farmers are sensitized to grow individual green fodder, either annuals or perennials to feed their livestock. The fodder seed is provided to the farmers on subsidy basis to create a green fodder resource base in the district.
  • Supply of Power Operated Chaff Cutters on 50% subsidy basis:The agricultural by-products like jowar are the feeding resources for the livestock. The fodder wastage will be more, if we feed those fodder varieties without chaffing. The chaffing will minimize the fodder wastage up to 30%. In order to save available fodder, Chaff cutters are being supplied to the farmers on 50% subsidy basis.
  • Strengthening of Veterinary Institutions under RIDF:The Government is providing funds under RIDF for strengthening of Veterinary Institutions. Under this programme, construction of Veterinary Institutions will be taken up by Engineering Department & the required equipment will be purchased from Animal Husbandry Department.