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Assessment of best feeding pattern for dairy buffalo in Bangladesh

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Md. Ahsanul Kabir, Sardar Muhammad Amaanullah, Mahfidul Hassan, Gautam Kumar Deb, Sakila Jahan, S.M. Jahangir Hossain, Md. Moklesur Rahman, Md. Ruhul Amin

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Int. J. Biosci.18( 3), 89-94, March 2021

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/18.3.89-94


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The present study was undertaken to compare three feeding patterns on dairy buffalo for investigating the effect of a balanced diet on milk production along with cost-benefit analysis. A total of 21 milking buffaloes were selected and feded according to three feeding patterns, one was existing feeding pattern (T0), another was a balanced feeding pattern (T1) where concentrate mixture was provided according to the nutrient requirement of milking buffalo and the third one was UMS based feeding pattern (T3) where the combination of concentrate mixture and urea molasses straw (UMS) were used according to the nutrient requirement of buffalo. Each group has a similar number of animals of the same parity and lactation stage. After completion of the experiment, it was found that there were significant variations (P<0.01) of nutrient intake among treatment groups. Higher DM intake was observed in the T1 group whereas higher CP and ADF intake were observed in the T2 groups. However, the highest NDF intake was observed in the control group which indicates dietary improvement. Dietary Improvement influence milk yield significantly (P<0.01) however milk composition was not changed. After simple economic analysis, it was observed that among three feeding patterns value of the Benefit-cost ratio (BCR) was higher than 1 and the highest value was observed in the T2 feeding pattern. In the existing system, buffalo farmers were making a profit and they can make the highest profit if they practiced UMS based feeding pattern. Hence, the UMS based feeding system may more profitable feeding pattern for river buffalo in Bangladesh.


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