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Growth Characteristics of Sahiwal x Zebu F1 Crossbred Cattle in Uganda

Brian Martin Babigumira; Robinah Gertrude Nabukalu; Joseph Kibuye Masaba; George William Egadu; Henry Mulindwa; James Oluka; Donald Rugira Kugonza.

Abstract
This study assessed the growth of Sahiwal x Zebu crossbreds under low input production conditions in Uganda. Primary data consisted monthly live body weights of 64 Sahiwal first filial generation (F1) crossbred calves born between 2013 and 2015. The herd was on pasture; water provided ad lib and routine control of ticks and worms done. The minimum, average and maximum birth weights for the herd were 15.0, 23.2+7.0 and 40.0 kg with a 13% heterotic effect. Birth weight was significantly (P

Key words: Sahiwal;Zebu;Average Daily Gain (ADG);weight-for-age;Uganda



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