Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 51 issue 4 (august 2017) : 776-780

Effect of different floor space allowances on the performance and behavior of Beetal kids under stall-fed conditions

A. Thakur, D. S. Malik, S. Kaswan, A.L. Saini
1<p>Department of Livestock Production Management,&nbsp;GADVASU, Ludhiana-41 004, India.</p>
Cite article:- Thakur A., Malik S. D., Kaswan S., Saini A.L. (2016). Effect of different floor space allowances on the performance and behaviorof Beetal kids under stall-fed conditions . Indian Journal of Animal Research. 51(4): 776-780. doi: 10.18805/ijar.10775.

Present study was conducted to investigate the effect of different floor space allowances on performance and behavior of Beetal kids from 3 to 6 months of age. Twenty four spring born Beetal kids (3 month old) were randomly divided in to four groups (n=6 each group) on the basis of space allowances i.e. 0.6 m2, 0.7 m2, 0.8 m2 and 0.9 m2 covered area and 1.2 m2, 1.4 m2, 1.6 m2 and 1.8 m2 open area per kid. The results indicated that most of the performance parameters i.e. body weight (BW), average daily gain (ADG) and feed conversion ratio (FCR) were marginally higher with higher space allowance, but these did not differ statistically. However behavioural activities like moving, exploring pen, grooming and resting were significantly higher (p < 0.05) in large space allowance groups whereas, eating, standing and negative social interactions were significantly better (p < 0.05) in lower floor space allowance groups. It is concluded that the increase in floor space allowance had favorable effect on the performance and behavior of Beetal kids.

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