Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 44 issue 1 (march 2010) : 58 - 60


D. Medhi1, A. S. Bhat, Jakir Hussain, Wasim Raja
1Sher-E-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Shuhama, Alusteng-190 006, India
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Cite article:- Medhi1 D., Bhat S. A., Hussain Jakir, Raja Wasim (2024). COMPARATIVE STUDY ON THE NUTRITIVE VALUES OF OATS AND MAIZE SILAGES IN CROSSBRED GROWING CALVES. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 44(1): 58 - 60. doi: .
Twelve numbers of growing crossbred calves of uniform age and body weight (6-8 months and
72.25±0.53kg) were randomly divided in to two groups of six calves in each and fed individually on
ad libitum quantities of oats silage (T1) vis-à-vis maize silage (T2) for a period of 90 days. The daily
average as well as the percent of body weight of the dry matter intake did not vary significantly;
however, the intake per kg metabolic body weight in group T1 was significantly lower (75.46±2.31g/
day) in comparison to group T2 (101.06±4.31g/day). The DCP and TDN contents of both the silages
were not significant from each other though the values were higher in oats silage (4.25±0.05and
62.55±0.19) in comparison to the maize silage (3.53±0.05 and 55.02±0.47). The ADG of the calves
did not varies significantly between the groups though the efficiency of feeding observed in T1
(9.94±0.83) group was significantly better compare to group T2 (15.25±2.32). Significantly lower
cost of feeding per kg gain was recorded in the calves with oats silage (Rs. 42.68/kg gain) in comparison
to calves fed with maize silage (Rs. 68.85/kg gain) indicating oats silage have better effect on the
growth performances, nutrient digestibility and cost efficiency in comparison to maize silage in
crossbred growing calves.
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