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Journal of Animal Health and Production

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J. Anim. Health Prod. 5(3): 89-91
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P. Arun Nehru1, S. Sunandhadevi2, T. Rama3, N. Muniyappan4

1KS Cattle Feeds, KSE Limited, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India - 642113; 2TVCC, College of Veterinary Science, Prodattur, Andhra Pradesh, India; 3Department of Veterinary Biochemistry, College of Veterinary Science, PVNRTVU, Telangana, India; 4Department of Veterinary Physiology, Madras Veterinary College, Vepery, Chennai, India.

Abstract | The study was undertaken to know the effect of probiotic supplementation on growth and health of Holstein Friesian crossbred calves in an organized cattle farm. Sixteen numbers of two weeks old female calves were randomly divided into 2 groups of 8 each. Both groups were maintained under same managemental conditions and fed similarly except the treatment group was supplemented with Saccharomyces cerevisiae1026 @ 2 g/ head/day (1×1010cfu) for 16 weeks. The average daily dry matter intake and body measurements were higher (P<0.05 or P<0.0) in treatment group as compared to control group. The average daily weight gain was significantly higher (P<0.01) in treatment group (560.27±8.56 g) as compared to control group (512.28±6.52 g). However, feeding of probiotics is more beneficial in pre-ruminant stages of crossbred calves.

Keywords | Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Growth performance, Crossbred calves, Probiotics