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Indian Journal of Animal Research
Year : 2009, Volume : 43, Issue : 2
First page : ( 142) Last page : ( 144)
Print ISSN : 0367-6722.

Effect of feeding Jowar straw in combination with soybean straw on the growth performance of crossbred calves

Adangale S.B., Mitkari K.R., Walkunde T.R., Baswade S.V.

Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Science, Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani-431 402, India.


Experiment was designed to improve the utilization of soybean straw by simple physical mixing of conventional feed (jowar straw) with soybean straw. For this experimental study nine H.F.X. Deoni cross bred claves of 6 to 12 month age were selected. Three calves under each treatment were allotted by forming three groups similar in body weight and age. The group fed with jowar straw adlib + concentrate was designated as control (T0) and the group fed with jowar straw 50% and soybean straw 50% and concentrate was designated as treatment T1 and T2 fed with 100% soybean straw and concentrate as per requirement. Total experimental period was of 105 days in switch over design with a period of 35 days per period. The results revealed from this investigation indicate that the dry matter intake per animal per day per 100 kg body weight under treatment T1 (3.262) was slightly higher over treatment T2 (3.178) and T0 (3.050). Whereas, total body weight gain by crossbred calves under treatment T1 was superior over treatment T0 and T2. The daily body weight gain under treatment T1 was superior over treatment T2 and T0 but differences observed were statistically non-significant.


Key words

Jowar straw, Soybean straw, Growth performance, Crossbred calaves, Concentrate.


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