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Asian Journal of Animal Sciences
  Year: 2015 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 5 | Page No.: 225-232
DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2015.225.232
 
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Effect of Different Feed Combinations on the Growth Performance of Cross-Bred Heifer Calves

Vivek Pratap Singh, Mayank Dubey and Rajendra K. Pandey

Abstract:
This study was conducted to evaluate the growth performance and feed intake of crossbred (Holstein FriesianxSahiwal) and (JerseyxSahiwal) heifer calves fed different feed combinations of concentrate mixture using 24 heifer calves with average initial weight of 55.27±2.53a, 57.30±1.82a, 60.26±1.40a and 62.00a kg at 4 months of age. The calves were assigned into treatments having, T1 = Control (Farm ration), T2 = 50% Barley+30% MC+0% AC+8% WB 2% MM, T3 = 50% Maize+30% MC+10% AC+8% WB 2% MM, T4 = 50% Sorghum+30% MC+10% AC+8% WB 2% MM, using randomized complete block design into four blocks of six animals. The total DM and DMI (% of body weight) intake for T3 and T2 diets were higher (p<0.05) than those fed T1 and T4 diets. The overall Average Daily Gain (ADG) was higher (0.55 kg day-1) in T3 than of T2 and T4, whereas ADG found to be lowest in T1 (0.40 kg day-1). The body measurements (Heart girth, length and height) were also higher in T3 compared to those fed T1, T2 and T4 diets (p<0.05). It is calculated that 50% Maize+30% MC+10% AC+8% WB 2% MM, enhanced growth parameters, feed utilization and reproductive performance of cross-bred heifer calves in terms of age at puberty was achieved higher.
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Vivek Pratap Singh, Mayank Dubey and Rajendra K. Pandey, 2015. Effect of Different Feed Combinations on the Growth Performance of Cross-Bred Heifer Calves. Asian Journal of Animal Sciences, 9: 225-232.

DOI: 10.3923/ajas.2015.225.232

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ajas.2015.225.232

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