Field notes

Cattle chaos: Indian farmers make their problem 'herd'

Laws forbidding the slaughter of cows have resulted in large numbers of stray herds grazing and trampling on crops

GAUTAM BUDH NAGAR (Uttar Pradesh) • For many years, the only uninvited guests on Mr Bijender Vikal's farm were winter migratory birds. They included storks and cranes that would wade harmlessly through his field, feeding on insects and rodents.

For the last few years, though, he has been busy fending off visitors of an unwelcome, destructive kind: stray cattle.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 16, 2019, with the headline 'Cattle chaos: Indian farmers make their problem 'herd''. Print Edition | Subscribe