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Nutrient Requirements and Feeding of Buffaloes and Cattle

A B Mandal (Author) S S Paul (Author) N N Pathak (Author)

Buffaloes and cattle are the major dairy animals of the Indian subcontinent besides sources of agricultural power in many countries of South East and East Asia. The annual projected growth rate for milk production in Indian has been 4.82% in comparison of estimated growth rate of 2.58%. Thus, there has been a gap between projected and actual growth rate of milk production in India. This gap has been mainly due to poor productive and reproductive efficiency of dairy animals, scarcity of quality feed and fodders, tapering off fertile land for fodder production, and occurrence of nutritional, infectious and non-specific diseases.

Feeding standards are the basis of scientific feeding for feed efficient and profitable animal production system. A few standards are available for the feeding of buffaloes and cattle in tropical countries but they have been evolved on the basis of inadequate experimental findings. Therefore, a feeding standard, generated from the performance out put of animals reared on diversified locally available feed resources; suitable to varying agro-climatic condition have been generated.

In the present feeding standards, an attempt has been made for evolving feeding standards for various physiological functions based on that database. Feeding standards so developed matched well with most of the experimental results. Moreover, judicious feeding practice based on available feed resources for augmenting milk, power and meat production under tropical condition is needed. This monograph will be useful for buffalo and cattle breeders, students, research workers and animal husbandry programme managers.

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About the author

S S Paul

Dr. S.S. Paul is senior scientist of animal nutrition at Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes, sub-campus Nabha, Punjab. He received his undergraduate degree (B.V. Sc. & A. H. ) from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalay, West Bengal. He received his master’s degree in animal nutrition from NDRI, Karnal and Ph.D. in animal nutrition from IVRI, Izatnagar. The author is life member of Animal Nutrition Society of India, Animal Nutrition Association, Indian Veterinary Association, India Society for Buffalo Development and Indian Association for Animal Production.

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Title Nutrient Requirements and Feeding of Buffaloes and Cattle
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2003
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8181890000
length 211p., Illustrations; Tables; 25cm.