Comparative lactation performance in indigenous cows fed complete feed blocks made of wheat and bajra straw

17-Title: Comparative lactation performance in indigenous cows fed complete feed blocks made of wheat and bajra straw

Authors: Sandeep Meel, V Sharma and S Sharma

Source: Ruminant Science (2015)-4(1):71-73.

How to cite this manuscript: Meel Sandeep, Sharma V and Sharma S (2015). Comparative lactation performance in indigenous cows fed complete feed blocks made of wheat and bajra straw. Ruminant Science 4(1):71-73.

Abstract

An experiment was conducted on twelve milking Tharparkar cows that were randomly distributed in three groups. Cows in T1 group were fed as per the conventional practice of feeding wheat straw and concentrate mixture separately in 60:40 ratio whereas those in T2 and T3 groups were fed wheat and bajra straw based densified composite feed blocks, respectively in similar roughage and concentrate ratio. All cows were kept in the stall having a facility of controlled feeding and watering.  Daily dry matter intake, digestible crude protein, total digestible nutrients was significantly (P<0.05) higher in cows fed complete feed blocks as compared to control and as a result feed conversion efficiency improved in these groups.  Milk yield and lactose were improved in composite feed blocks-fed cows, although they were similar in cows of T2 and T3 groups. Feed cost/kg milk produced was lower in bajra straw based composite feed block-fed cows. It is concluded that feeding of bajra straw feed block is more economic than feed block of wheat straw.

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