Influence of Ageing and Regional Differences on Draught Performance of Umblachery Cattle

Devi M Kousalya, S.M K Karthickeyan, R Venkataramanan, S N Sivaselvam, K G Tirumurugaan

Abstract


An attempt was made to assess the effects of aging, regional differences, and draught load applied on draught potential of Umblachery cattle, an important draught breed of South India. Age had a highly significant effect (p less than 0.01) on all morphometric traits, stride length, and significant effect (p less than 0.05) on pulse rate after work. The middle age group (5.0 to 7.5 years) with more substantial stride length was identified as the critical productive age group for draught ability. Regional differences had a highly significant (p less than 0.01) influence on stride length, horsepower, and a significant effect (p less than 0.05) on pulse rate after work. The optimum draught load with which Umblachery breed could give uniform and maximum power output was found to be around 75 to 78 kg.

Keywords


Aging, Draught ability, Optimum draft load, Regional variations, Umblachery

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21887/ijvsbt.15.2.11

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