Effect of Different Roofing Material on Body Weight and Feed Intake of Indigenous Sheep under Stall Feeding System

  • Malhar Khant Department of Livestock Production and Management, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Anand Agricultural University, Anand–388 001, India
  • Nitin R Patel Department of Livestock Production and Management, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Anand Agricultural University, Anand–388 001, India
  • Rakesh J Modi Department of Livestock Production and Management, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Anand Agricultural University, Anand–388 001, India
  • Kishan N Wadhwani Department of Livestock Production and Management, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Anand Agricultural University, Anand–388 001, India

Abstract

The present study was conducted to assess the effect of roof on body weight and feed intake of sheared and non-sheared sheep under stall feeding system in the hot dry season. Adult dry indigenous sheep (24) were distributed randomly into two treatment groups, i.e., T1: asbestos roof and T2: agro - net roof. Each treatment comprised of six sheared and six non-sheared animals. Sheep were provided with total mixed ration in morning, afternoon and night individually. The bodyweight of sheared (31.87 ± 2.14, 31.96 ± 1.55 kg) and non-sheared (32.16 ± 1.59, 32.42 ± 1.42 kg) animals was comparable between roof treatments. The experimental animals reared under agro-net roofed shelter consumed significantly (p less than 0.05) more dry matter and nutrients as compared to animals reared under asbestos roofed shelter. Dry matter and nutrient intake of sheared sheep were significantly (p less than 0.05) higher as compared to non-sheared sheep under agronet and asbestos roofed shelter. The results indicated that the sheep can be reared comfortably under agronet roof without affecting feed and nutrient intake.
Keywords: Bodyweight, Feed and nutrient intake, Roof, Sheared and non-sheared sheep.

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Khant, M., N. Patel, R. Modi, and K. Wadhwani. “Effect of Different Roofing Material on Body Weight and Feed Intake of Indigenous Sheep under Stall Feeding System”. THE INDIAN JOURNAL OF VETERINARY SCIENCES AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, Vol. 17, no. 01, Jan. 2021, pp. 20-22, doi:10.21887/ijvsbt.17.1.5.