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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): 2999-3004

Dietary Supplementation of Chicory Root Powder as Prebiotic Source to Augment Health of Murrah Buffalo Calves
Anjali Khare1, Veena Mani1, Sachin Kumar1 and Gaurav Thorat2
1Animal Nutrition Division
2Livestock Production Managment Division, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana, India
*Corresponding author

Calf morbidity and mortality represent major financial losses for many dairy producers. The primary cause of calf mortality is diarrhea caused by intestinal bacterial infections. Traditionally, formulated antibiotics have been used as preventive treatments. However, as consumer concern about antibiotic resistance has increased, interest in alternative supplements has grown. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients when taken sufficiently, selectively stimulate the growth and activity of one or a limited number of microbes in the gut that can improve the host health. In this trial twenty eight Murrah buffalo calves (7-10 d old and 31±2kg) were randomly selected and divided into four groups. All the four groups were fed as per ICAR (2013) feeding schedule except that these were additionally supplemented with 0, 8, 16 and 24 g/d chicory root powder (in the four respective groups i. e. T0, T1, T2, T3) for 90 days. Results showed that the ADG, total DMI, final body length and heart girth was significantly higher in treatment groups as compare to control. There is no significant difference observe in the wither height and hip height. Thus, it may be concluded that the supplementation of chicory root powder (8, 16 and 24g) may be useful for enhancing health status and performance of calves.

Keywords: Prebiotic, Calf, Chicory root powder, Body length, ADG

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Anjali Khare, Veena Mani, Sachin Kumar and Gaurav Thorat. 2018. Dietary Supplementation of Chicory Root Powder as Prebiotic Source to Augment Health of Murrah Buffalo Calves.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(7): 2999-3004. doi:
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