30-Title: Ameliorating effect of bedding material on growth parameters of osmanabadi goat kids
Authors: K Kashyap, R Pathak, AK Santra, OP Mishra, N Singh, MS Parmar, R Doneria and S Kasyap
Source: Ruminant Science (2022)-11(2):403-408.
How to cite this manuscript: Kashyap K, Pathak R, Santra AK, Mishra OP, Singh N, Parmar MS, Doneria R and Kasyap S (2022). Ameliorating effect of bedding material on growth parameters of osmanabadi goat kids. Ruminant Science 11(2):403-408.
ndian goats play a noteworthy role in the nutritional security of rural livelihood. Housing management directly affects the behaviour and neuroendocrine system to control the body temperature within the optimum range. Under an intensive production system, bedding materials play a key role to provide a comfortable microenvironment to animals. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of bedding material on the growth performance of Osmanabadi goat kids. The experiment was conducted at the seed centre for osmanabadi goats, Directorate Research Service farm (DRS), Dau Shri Vasudev Chandrakar Kamdhenu Vishwavidyalaya, Anjora, Durg (Chhattisgarh). A total 18 Osmanabadi kids were distributed into three groups, six in each group. The animals in the control group (T0) were reared on the concrete floor without any bedding material, while treatment groups T1 and T2 were of wood shaving and straw bedding material respectively. Results indicated that weekly body weight gain was not affected by bedding material, however daily weight gain was significantly higher (P<0.05) in the straw (T2) bedding group when compared to T0 and T1 groups. Based on the results obtained it can be concluded that straw bedding can improve the growth rate and welfare in growing kids and therefore can be used as an alternative bedding material in growing kids.
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