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Feeding of working buffalo bullocks

For working animals, nutritional requirements depend on duration of work, speed of work and load carried.

For light work (4h/d)

Buffalo bullocks of 550 Kg body weight should be fed as follows: a) 4.0 Kg concentrate mixture + 7 Kg straw or b) 1.5 Kg concentrate mixture + 35 Kg cereal fodder or c) 20 Kg berseem+8 Kg straw + 0.5 Kg deoiled ground nut cake/ deoiled soyabean cake or d) 2.0 Kg concentrate mixture+ 10.0 Kg berseem + 8.0 Kg straw + 0.4 Kg oil cake. For every 50 Kg increase/ decrease in body weight from 550 Kg , a) 0.65 Kg straw + 180 g deoiled ground nut cake/deoiled soyabean cake or b) 4.0 Kg green berseem or c) 2.5 Kg cereal fodder + 100 g deoiled groundnut cake/deoiled soybean cake should be increased/decreased from the quantity suggested for 550 Kg body weight.

For heavy work (8h/d)

Buffalo bullocks of 550 Kg body weight should be fed as follows: a) 5 Kg concentrate mixture + 8 Kg straw or b) 3 Kg concentrate mixture + 40 Kg cereal fodder or c) 40 Kg berseem + 7 Kg straw or d) 3 Kg concentrate mixture + 14 Kg berseem + 8 Kg straw.

For every 50 Kg increase or decrease in body weight from 550 Kg body weight a) 1 Kg straw +180 g deoiled ground nut cake/deoiled soyabean cake or b) 4 Kg berseem + 0.35 Kg straw or c) 4 Kg cereal fodder + 50 g deoiled ground nut cake/deoiled soyabean cake should be increased/decreased from the quantity suggested for 550 Kg body weight.

contributed by S.S Paul and Sunesh