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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:7, July, 2018

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(7): 1217-1228

Study on Calf Care and Management Practices Followed by Dairy Farmer’s in Punjab
Hirdey Pal Singh, S.K. Kansal and Jaswinder Singh*
Department of Veterinary and Animal husbandry Extension Education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, India
*Corresponding author

A purposive study was conducted on 200 cattle farmers selected randomly from all over Punjab. The data was collected by personal interview cum questionnaire schedule consisting of the management practices followed by the farmers and knowledge regarding the calf rearing practices. Data revealed that 60% farmers provided a separate calving pen for parturition but not all of them know the exact measurements. About 1/5th (19.5%) of the respondents did not practiced removing all mucus from the nose and mouth in both male and female calves after birth, 99.5 % of the respondents fed colostrum to the new born female calves, 88 % of the dairy farmers fed colostrum to the male calves, 6% castrated the male calves and 83.3% among these used the castrated calves for sports activities and about just 16.6 % castrated the calves for the sake of good management. Routine vaccination of the female calves was done by 89 % of the dairy farmers, 77.5% of the dairy farmers dewormed the female calves, 98 % of the dairy owners did dehorning of the female calves, 27.5 % of the dairy owners did female calf identification in the herd. Study concluded that female calves has edges in getting the attention of farmers in terms of new born calf care, disease management, feeding, housing and record keeping as compared to male calves.

Keywords: Calf management, Female calves, Dairy farmers, Colostrum

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Hirdey Pal Singh, S.K.Kansal, Jaswinder Singh. 2018. Study on Calf Care and Management Practices Followed by Dairy Farmer’s in Punjab.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(7): 1217-1228. doi:
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