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Effect of Dietary Supplementation with Yeast Cell Suspension (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) on Nutrient Utilisation and Growth Response in Crossbred Calves

  • Singh, Rameshwar (Animal Nutrition Division, Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Chaudhary, L.C. (Animal Nutrition Division, Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Kamra, D.N. (Animal Nutrition Division, Indian Veterinary Research Institute) ;
  • Pathak, N.N. (Animal Nutrition Division, Indian Veterinary Research Institute)
  • Received : 1997.05.22
  • Accepted : 1997.11.18
  • Published : 1998.06.01

Abstract

Twenty crossbred calves of $88{\pm}5.5kg$ initial live weight and 3-4 month of age were divided into two groups and fed wheat straw and concentrate to support a 500 g daily gain in body weight. Calves in the experimental group (YC) were given a daily dose of 10 ml yeast cell suspension (YC) containing live cells $(5{\times}10^9 cells/ml)$ of Saccharomyces cerevisiae ITCCF 2094. After a growth study of 122 days metabolism trials were conducted. The calves in the YC group recorded a daily weigt gain of $492{\pm}27.8g$ as compared to $476{\pm}20.1g$ in control group. There were no significant differences in feed intake, nutrient digestibility, feed/gain ratio and nitrogen retention between the YC supplemented and control groups.

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