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Effects of Different Ration Forms on Growth Performance and some Behavioral Traits of Brown Swiss Calves

Effects of Different Ration Forms on Growth Performance and some Behavioral Traits of Brown Swiss Calves

Mehmet Avci1, Recep Aydin1,* and Jale Metin Kiyici2

1Department of Zootechnics, Faculty of Agriculture, Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey
2Department of Zootechnics, Faculty of Agriculture, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey

*      Corresponding author: raydin@atauni.edu.tr

ABSTRACT

The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of different ration forms on growth, feed conversion and behavioral characteristics of Brown Swiss calves. The calves in treatment group were supplied with mixed ration of chopped roughage (5-7 cm) and concentrate calf starter feed and the calves in control group were supplied with natural roughage and concentrate feed separately. The calves were supplied with milk at about 8% of their birth weights and weaned at 49th day. Mixed chopped and separate natural supply of roughage and concentrate feed did not created any significant differences in live weights, daily weight gains, feed conversion ratios and behavioral characteristics of the calves.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

December

Vol. 51, Iss. 6, Pages 1999-2399

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