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Behaviour of desi and crossbred calves during letdown suckling

, : Behaviour of desi and crossbred calves during letdown suckling. Indian Journal of Animal Production and Management 9(2-3): 87-92

The behaviour of 16 desi and 16 crossbred calves during letdown suckling was studied. Of the different postures assumed by the calves, 'forelegs wide apart' (44.06+or-1.64%) and 'compact' postures (43.75+or-1.53%) were commonest among desi breed, while it was compact (52.81+or-1.04%) among crossbred. Older calves preferred to stand in compact posture. The calves butted the udder 3.6 times/min of suckling. Frequency of butting was significantly (P<0.05) higher during p.m. milking.

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