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Comparison of Growth Rate of Camelus dromedarius Calves Reared under Open Grazing/Browsing and Stall Fed System

Comparison of Growth Rate of Camelus dromedarius Calves Reared under Open Grazing/Browsing and Stall Fed System

Asim Faraz1*, Abdul Waheed1, Riaz Hussain Mirza1, Hafiz Muhammad Ishaq1 and Muhammad Shahid Nabeel2

1Department of Livestock and Poultry Production, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Pakistan
2Camel Breeding and Research Station Rakh Mahni, District Bhakkar, Livestock and Dairy Development Department, Punjab, Pakistan

*  Corresponding author: drasimfaraz@bzu.edu.pk

 

ABSTRACT

This study was carried out to compare the effect of open grazing/browsing system (OGS) and feeding green fodder in the stall-feeding system (SFS) as cut and carry system on the growth of male camel calves. Fourteen Marecha male camel calves were either grazed/browsed (n=7) on natural pasture and were offered seasonal green fodder (lucerne) ad lib in the manger (n=7). The calves were kept on these treatments for 4 months. Initial body weights of the calves were recorded at the start of the trial and then weighed fortnightly. The overall weight gain per day in four months of feeding trial differed significantly between two groups. It is concluded that camel is a good candidate for feedlot.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

June

Vol. 52, Iss. 3, Pages 825-1224

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