Title: Effect of feeding fish meal and rumen protected amino acids on biometry and cost of production of Murrah buffalo heifers
Authors: Ravi Kumar, Dipankar Kar, Devender Singh Bidhan, Dipin Chander Yadav and SK Chhikara
Source: Ruminant Science (2016)-5(2):217-222.
Cite this reference as: Kumar Ravi, Kar Dipankar, Bidhan Devender Singh, Yadav Dipin Chander and Chhikara SK (2016). Effect of feeding fish meal and rumen protected amino acids on biometry and cost of production of Murrah buffalo heifers. Ruminant Science 5(2):217-222.
The present study attempted to analyze the effect of feeding fish meal and rumen protected amino acids on growth parameters of Murrah buffalo heifers. Eighteen Murrah buffalo heifers were randomly distributed into three treatment groups each having six heifers. Animals in treatment T1 (control group) were, fed with conventional ration, in T2 (fish meal supplementation by replacing conventional concentrate) and in T3 (with 10g commercial bypass Lysine per animal per day + 2g commercial bypass Methionine per animal per day) for 90 days. The amount of concentrate mixture was given to each group in such a way that the experimental rations remain iso-proteinaceous. Body measurements of body length, height, heart girth and abdominal girth were recorded at monthly intervals. Differences in respect of gain in biometry i.e. body length, height, heart girth and abdominal girth were positive and higher in T2 and T3 treatments than that of T1, but the changes were non-significant. Prices of feeds and fodder, prevailing at the time of purchase were collected. On the basis of price, total expenditure incurred on feeding of various experimental groups was calculated. Cost of feeding per kg body weight gain was also computed for different treatments. Total cost of feeding per animal was higher in T2 and T3 treatments than that of T1. However, mean cost of feeding (Rs. per kg gain) was much lower in T2 treatment group fed with fish meal.
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