FEEDING AND MANAGEMENT PRACTICES OF CROSSBRED CATTLE IN AURANGABAD DISTRICT OF MAHARASHTRAV. N. Magar, K.R. Mitkari, R. G. Nikam and R. A. Patil
The present investigation was undertaken in Aurangabad district of Marathwada region in Maharashtra to study the different package of practices followed for crossbred cattle. The data were collected from 200 respondents in twenty villages of Aurangabad district. The study revealed that the average lactation milk yield and average lactation period for crossbred cattle observed were 3089 + 37.51 kg/lactation and 278.43 + 10.39 days, respectively. Open and kaccha housing pattern was followed in almost all the cases. Additional ration for pregnant animals were given by few number of farmers. Cent percent farmers adopted health and sanitation measures. Vaccination schedule was followed in nearly about 81.5 per cent crossbred cattle keepers. Grazing + stall feeding was adopted as method of feeding by majority of respondents. Very few farmers adopted urea treatment and silage preparation. Inadequate availability of green fodder, high cost of fodder and inadequacy of own grazing land are some constrains. It can be concluded that there is need of implementation of extension education facilities regarding scientific feeding and management of crossbred cattle in surveyed area.
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