Feeding traits and body dimensions of growing buffaloes in Tarai, Nepal

Project Leader:
Yoshiaki HAYASHI
Experimental Farm of faculty of Agriculture

In Nepal, agriculture contributes to around 40% of GDP, of which approximately 30% is made up by livestock. Buffaloes have been traditionally raised as essential animals for draught and dairy in the country. Tarai is the countryfs main granary located at a low altitude. Dairy farming integrated with crop production is the preference of farmers in the region. On the other hand, the amount of meat consumption is increasing recently in the country. The importance of buffalo meat is growing because Nepalese do not take beef due to religious principle. Therefore, faster growth of buffaloes is required. Buffaloes have been considered to mature slower than cattle. However, a comprehensive study on the growth process remains obscure. Hence, the present study is conducted to identify the feeding traits of growing buffaloes raised by small-scale farmers, and the relationship between bodyweight and body dimensions in the buffaloes.

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