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Growth Performance and Blood Metabolites of Kankrej Heifers Fed Different Ratios of Green and Dry Fodder

Falguni V Parmar Karsanbhai B Prajapati Mahesh M Pawar Haresh D Chauhan Bharat K Ashwar
Vol 8(3), 238-243
DOI- http://dx.doi.org/10.5455/ijlr.20170926090041

A study was conducted to evaluate the effect of feeding different ratios of dry matter intake from green and dry fodder on growth performance and blood metabolites of Kankrej heifers. Thirty Kankrej calves of six months age were divided into three treatment groups of ten each. The T1 group was fed with 50% dry matter (DM) from green fodder, 20% DM from dry fodder and 30% DM from concentrate mixture; T2 group was fed with 35% DM from green fodder and 35% DM from dry fodder and 30% DM from concentrate mixture and T3 group was fed with 20% DM from green fodder, 50% DM from dry fodder and 30% DM from concentrate mixture. Net body weight gain was significantly higher (P<0.05) in groups T1 (56.32 kg) and T2 (54.47 kg) compared to T3 (50.47 kg). The improved average daily gain and feed efficiency were observed in T1 and T2 than T3 group. The feed intake was comparable among the different groups. No significant differences were observed in blood metabolites except glucose level. Thyroid hormones were increased in groups T1 and T2 compared to T3. It was concluded that feeding of 50% dry matter (DM) from green fodder and 20% DM from dry fodder as well as 35% DM from green fodder and 35% DM from dry fodder along with 30% DM from concentrate mixture improved growth performance of Kankrej heifers


Keywords : Blood Metabolites Green Fodder Growth Heifers

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