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Study on Conventional vs. Artificial Rearing of Surti Buffalo Calves

Ketan A Patel; Rana Ranjeet Singh; Sandhya S Chaudhary; Virendra Kumar Singh; Mahipal Choubey.

Present investigation was conducted in Livestock Research Station, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat. Twenty-four Surti buffalo calves on 6th day of their age were divided into three groups viz. Control: suckling group, T1: whole milk feeding (10% body weight) and T2: commercial milk replacer (MR) (10% body weight). Perusal of data revealed that there was non-significant difference in the body weight of control, T1 and T2 group of calves at all test days. However, live body weight of T1 group was higher than control and T2 group of calves from 48 to 90 days. Average daily gain in body weight of T1 group of calves were higher than control and T2 group of calves at all stages except between 76-90th day of age. In T1 group of calves, total feed intake on dry matter basis was significantly (p

Key words: Average Daily Gain;Body Weight;Milk Replacer and Surti Buffalo Calves

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