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The Changing Pattern of Animal Ownership and Fodder Provisioning

Rita Brara

in Shifting Landscapes

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195673012
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673012.003.0005
The Changing Pattern of Animal Ownership and Fodder Provisioning

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This chapter describes the changing practices of animal ownership, fodder provisioning, and the production of pastoral space in the village and beyond in relation to the heterogeneous and stratified contexts of the residents. The livestock herds of villagers over two decades showed a shift toward lower numbers of the pasturing bullocks and a decreasing dependence upon the cow as a milch animal. The relative advantage of animal husbandry as a livelihood for the small landholders was intertwined with the state of common pastoral resources. The heterogeneity of fodder-provisioning practices among households differentiated by the ownership of private lands and the access to irrigation facilities has been delineated. The enterprise of animal husbandry could easily be extended beyond the village. Conflicts of interest arising from the gendered division of labour and control over land and other productive resources influences decisions about which animals to keep or gift and why.

Keywords: animal ownership; fodder provisioning; livestock herds; animal husbandry; private lands; irrigation

Chapter.  16373 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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