12-Title: Effect of different roof modifications on growth performance of Sahiwal calves in arid region of Rajasthan

12-Title: Effect of different roof modifications on growth performance of Sahiwal calves in arid region of Rajasthan

Authors: Pushpa Lamba, Arun Kumar Jhirwal, Vivek Saharan, Praveen Pilaniya,                                Narender Kumar Poonia and Anuj Kumar

Source: Ruminant Science (2022)-11(2):313-316.

How to cite this manuscript: Lamba Pushpa, Jhirwal Arun Kumar, Saharan Vivek, Pilaniya Praveen, Poonia Narender Kumar and Kumar Anuj (2022). Effect of different roof modifications on growth performance of Sahiwal calves in arid region of Rajasthan. Ruminant Science 11(2):313-316.


Housing/shelter is the most imperative part of the animal management system. Animals are very much susceptible to heat stress, especially during summer months, therefore instead of providing a simple shed, a temporary modification in the roof may improve the microclimate of the shed. Eighteen female Sahiwal calves of 6-12 months were kept under three different groups i.e. T0 (Control group having asbestos sheet as roof), T1 (which having thatch over the asbestos sheet as a modification) and T2 (which had Agro-net over asbestos sheet) for a period of 3 months. The growth parameter i.e. body weight was recorded on a weekly basis. The ADG, weekly weight gain and monthly weight gain was significantly higher (P<0.05) in T1 (398.66±26.06 g/week, 2.85±0.19 kg/week and 37.03±2.52 kg) as compared to T0 (330.76±19.69 g/week, 2.26±0.14 kg/week and 29.27±1.91 kg) and in between T1 and T2, it was non-significantly lower in T2 (373.55±13.25 g/week, 2.62±0.09 kg/week and 34.00±1.28kg) as compared to T1. It may be concluded that thatch and agro-net over the asbestos sheet showed beneficial effects on the growth of Sahiwal calves in arid regions.


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