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Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2003  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 26 - 31

A Study on the Growth Performance of Crossbred Growing Bull Calves Fed by Supplementing Molasses with Straw Based Diets and Conventional Concentrates

M.K. Kyum, S.M.E. Rahman, M.R. Islam, M.S.I. Khan and A. Sultana    

Abstract: The experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of supplementing molasses with straw based diets on the growth performances of male crossbred calves. For this purpose, twelve bull calves of about one year and a half years to 2 years of age having similar body weight were divided into two groups (six in each group). Calves on one group received the as usual basal diet (straw+concentrates) offered by the dairy farm and the other group received the basal diet+500 g of molasses per head/day. Ration was formulated in such a way so that both group had similar level of metabolizable energy (ME). From the result is was observed that per day body weight gain, heart girth, height and length increment of molasses group calves were significantly higher than that of the calves on as usual basal diet group (control). It was concluded that straw-based diets could be supplemented successfully by molasses, which is widely available in country especially in sugar mill areas.

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