ASSESSING BUFFALOES COMFORT : EFFECTS OF TWO PROTEIN SOURCES ON PHYSIOLOGICAL REACTIONS AND FEEDING BEHAVIOR OF MALE GROWING BUFFALO CALVES

Article Id: ARCC3186 | Page : 94 - 100
Citation :- ASSESSING BUFFALOES COMFORT : EFFECTS OF TWO PROTEIN SOURCES ON PHYSIOLOGICAL REACTIONS AND FEEDING BEHAVIOR OF MALE GROWING BUFFALO CALVES.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2007.(41):94 - 100
A.R. Yazdani
Address : Department of Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Golestan Province, Iran

Abstract

The objective of this research work was to assess the male buffalo calves performance
under two different feeding regimes. An experiment were conducted to study the feeding of
different sources of protein, viz., cotton seed meal (CSM) and Soya bean meal (SBM) in the
ration of male buffalo calves in Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources,
Gorgan. 25 male buffalo calves of 6-12 months of age were selected and after 21days of pre
adjustment period on feeding, 5 animals were discarded and the remaining 20 buffalo calves
were divided into 2 groups of 10 calves under each treatment. Observations were recorded on
the animal responses to physiological reactions, and feeding behavior for 120 days. The statistical
analysis was of complete randomized design (CRD). The housing systems for both the groups
were loose housing system. Physiological responses like respiration rate (count per minute) of
SBM group were significantly higher than that of the CSM group (P<0.05).Body temperature of
CSM group was also significantly higher (P0.05) for that of SBM group. Finally feedng
behavior in terms of eating time and rumination time/minutes of SBM groups were significantly
(P05) higher than that of the CSM group

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