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The effect of pelleting of concentrate feeds containing urea molasses and bagasse on growth rate and nutrient digestibility in growing buffalo calves



The effect of pelleting of concentrate feeds containing urea molasses and bagasse on growth rate and nutrient digestibility in growing buffalo calves



Indian Journal of Animal Research 13(2): 85-90



Feeding and digestion experiments with 16 male Murrah buffalo calves, 4-6 mo. of age, were conducted. Average daily gains of 0.175, 0.238, 0.190 and 0.258 kg were recorded with mash, pellet, mash with urea and pellet with urea feeds, respectively. A significant increase in weight gain and feed utilization were observed with pelleted feeds as compared to mash feeds. Pelleting of urea feeds significantly improved crude protein and ether extract digestibility. No significant improvement was observed in the digestibility of dry matter, organic matter, crude fiber and nitrogen-free extract either due to pelleting or urea supplementation as compared to mash and non-urea feeds.

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