Effect of Feeding Frequency on Growth and Performance of Calf
Dilber Hussain1*, Misbahuddin1, Mohammad Saifullah1, Muhammad
Nadeem1, Mubeen Akhter2, Munir Hussain1 and Iqbal Hussain1
1Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam
2Department of Livestock and Fisheries Gilgit Baltistan
*Corresponding Author: Dilber Hussain, Department of Livestock Management,
Faculty of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Sciences, Sindh Agriculture University Tando Jam, Pakistan.
July 28, 2022; Published: December 22, 2022
Calves function as the dairy cattle's reserve force. Dairy cow longevity and lifelong productivity are greatly influenced by the first few months of life. Calves need to be managed in a way that minimizes their exposure to stress and disease and allows them to reach their genetic potential in terms of nutrition, environment, and healthcare. It is challenging to pinpoint where problems affecting health, welfare, and performance may arise during the rearing process in Pakistan due to the lack of documentation of farm management techniques. The objective of this study is to investigate the feeding method suitable for a calf to gain maximum weight in certain time. Three times a day feeding was used as the method of feeding. Green fodder, wheat straw, and concentrates were given to the calf. Concentrates were given in the evening, and they have positive effects on health and growth of calf when they are given with daily feed. The calf was reared for 25 days and on the last day it had gained 10kg of weight. Calf was fed with large quantity of green fodder and wheat straw, but concentrates were given in limited quantity (bananas, watermelon, wheat bran, and cereal grains). However, it was concluded that three times a day feeding is better for health and growth of a calf.
Keywords: Calves; Calf; Pakistan
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