Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Research Article
Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 8(11): 1114-1119
View Full HTML
Download PDF

Asim Faraz1*, Muhammad Younas2, Abdul Waheed1, Nasir Ali Tauqir3, Muhammad Shahid Nabeel4, Riaz Hussain Mirza1, Hafiz Muhammad Ishaq1, Naeem Ullah Khan2

1Department of Livestock and Poultry Production, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Pakistan; 2Institute of Dairy Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan; 3Department of Animal Science, University of Sargodha, Pakistan; 4Camel Breeding and Research Station Rakh Mahni, Livestock and Dairy Development Department, Punjab, Pakistan.

Abstract | Present study was executed to investigate the growth achievement of Marecha camels in feedlot system. The study was carried out at Camel Breeding and Research Station (CBRS) Rakh-Mahni (Thal Desert). Twelve growing Marecha intact male camels around 15-18 months of age were raised under feedlot conditions in Thal Desert. They were fed two concentrate diets with different chemical composition. Regarding roughage proportion, lucerne and gram-straw were fed. Daily feeding allowance was offered as 3% body weight. Water was provided twice a day. Non-significant daily weight gain (DWG) and dry matter intake (DMI) was observed as 0.76±0.05 and 0.81±0.04 kg/d. The DMI of concentrate, fodder and gram-straw was 2.94, 3.10, 1.49 and 2.97, 3.09, 1.57 kg/d in group I and II, respectively. The results confirm previous studies that growing camel calves after weaning kept into feedlot and supplemented with additional fodder and concentrate are capable to adapt new husbandry method and can gain weight like other livestock species.

Keywords | Meat production, Fattening, Camel, Pastoral, Pakistan