Effect of bypass fat supplementation on performance of Growing crossbred calves

R. T. Meshram, B. N. Ramteke, G. M. Gadegaonkar, S. D. Sirsat


The present study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of bypass fat supplementation on weight
gain, feed intake and efficiency of feed utilization growing crossbred calves. Eighteen growing
crossbred calves 6-7 months of age and 134 kg average body weight were randomly divided into
three equal groups viz, Group-T0 (control), T1 and T2 on the basis of age, weight and sex with three
male and three female in each group. All the groups received standard concentrate mixture for
13 weeks. The animals in treatment T1 and T2 fed on concentrate mixture supplemented with bypass
fat @ 30 and 60 g per calf per day, respectively. The average body weight gain, DM intake, TDN
and DCP intake by calves from group T2 was significantly (P less than 0.01) higher than group T0 and T1.
The efficiency of feed utilization in terms of DM, TDN and DCP intake per kg gain was non significant.
The nutrient digestibility was higher for treatment groups supplemented with bypass fat. Thus it was
concluded that supplementation of bypass fat @60 g per calf per day was beneficial for improving
the overall growth performance of calves.


Body Weight, DM Intake, Calf, Digestibility, Bypass Fat

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21887/ijvsbt.v12i4.7679


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