GROWTH PERFORMANCES AND HUSBANDRY PRACTICES OF HOLSTEIN-FRIESIAN X LOCAL CROSSBRED CALVES IN THE VILLAGES OF PABNA AND NATORE DISTRICTS IN BANGLADESH. Hossain MS, Rashid MHO, Sarker SC, Trisha AA, Sumon MRA, Majumder MKH and Islam F

BJPST: 14(1): 028-031 [Jan, 2016]
ABSTRACT
A total of 31 dairy crossbred calves and 42 farmers from 20 villages of Vangura and Chatmohor upazilas of Pabna district and Singra, Gurudashpur and Boroigram upazilas of Natore district in Bangladesh during July 2015 to October 2015 were enumerated to explore knowledge about the husbandry practices of crossbred calves. Male calves (30.97±1.00 kg) were heavier than female (28.06±1.24 kg) by birth weight and body weight at puberty, age at puberty and average daily weight gain from birth to  puberty of female calves was 186.45±3.52 kg, 17.48±0.30 months and 0.304±0.007 kg, respectively. Farmers were alert about colostrums and milk feeding but they were not knowledgeable about assessments the requirement and allocation of colostrums and milk. Knowledge of farmers about separate calf housing was poor. However, farmers at study sites had sound knowledge about female calves’ husbandry, special care for a cow just after parturition and breeding technology to increase productivity of dairy cows.
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