Study of Berseem Hay and Green Berseem on Growth Performance of Post-Weaned Kundhi Buffalo Calf

Study of Berseem Hay and Green Berseem on Growth Performance of Post-Weaned Kundhi Buffalo Calf

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Muhammad Ijaz1, Ghulam Murtaza Lochi2, Gulfam Ali Mughal2, Abdul Haseeb1, Asad Ali Khaskheli2, Saqib Bijarani2, Feroza Soomro2, Athar Ali Khan2, Shahnawaz Kumbhar2 and Ghulam Mujtaba Lochi3

1University of Poonch Rawalackot District Bimber Azad Kashmir, Pakistan; 2Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Pakistan; 3Faculty of Crop Production Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam, Pakistan

https://doi.org/120.29169/1927-5129.2018.14.41

Abstract: Sixteen calves were randomly allocated into two treatment groups, i.e. group A and B and were given a transition period from 6th to 8th week. Group A and B were offered with ad libitum berseem hay and green berseem respectively. A calf starter ration was offered ad libitum to both the groups. This study remained continued from 9th to 14th week of the age of the calves (six weeks). The results showed that the final mean value of body weight of group A (76.49±1.36 kg/calf) was significantly higher (P<0.05) than that of group B (72.41±1.38kg/calf). Mean feed conversion ratio (FCR) of group A (2.74±0.22 kg/kgBW) was significantly lower (P<0.05) than that of group B (6.95±0.63 kg/kgBW). Average consumption of berseem of group A (3.32±0.25 kg/day) was significantly lower (P<0.05) than that of group B (11.67± 1.023kg/day). Average consumption of calf starter ration (CS) of group A (7.5 ±0. 5223 kg/day) and group B (8.18±0.51kg/day) were non-significant (P>0.05). Average consumption of water of group A (49.56± 2.937 liter/day) was significantly higher (P<0.05) than that of group B (38.47±2.1178 liter/day). The generated income per calf of group A and group B was Rs. 22716.2/calf and Rs. 21060/calf with net profit of Rs. 3852.05/calf and Rs. 2157/calf, respectively. These figures showed that the calves in group A gave Rs. 1695.5/calf more net profit as compared to the calves of group B. It was concluded from this study that calves fed on berseem hay were more economical to rear and gave more profit as compared to the calves fed on green berseem.

Keywords: Berseem Hay &. green Berseem Kundhi Buffalo Tandojam.