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Fodder feed and Water requirement for Cow and Calf

Water Requirement

After milking water is necessary, in hot climate cow takes about 80 liter of water and in cold 40 liters. The automatic water system is shown in figure. The more is dry fodder the greater is water need. Bhusa has no water, berseem contains 90% water and all grain fodder has 50 to 40% water.

How much bhusa or wheat straw at cow eats

Cows eat 3% dry matter every day. So a cow of 400 kg will eat 12 kg of bhusa or 20 kg of green fodder and 20-25 kg silage.

Bhusa cost 7 rupees/kg. The cost of silage is just one rupees. So your complete economic depend on silage making. In fact you should start your dairy by silage making.

The feed and feeding

Table of feed making and the feed given is below.

Feed itemsQuantity
Cake or Khal (Mustard, Soya, Cotten seeds)30%
De-oiled rice polish or wheat bran35%
Grains (Wheat, Maize and Sorghum etc).33%
Mineral mixture1%
Salt1%

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Note: Cow do not eat at temperature above 25°C. So cool the cows, Gave feed at night imbalance feed causes acidity which reduces feed consumption due to less rumen motility and rumination for bacterial fermentation so take care of temperature and feeding balanced diet.

Per kg of milk increase feed from 400 gm to 500 gm. After calving increasing half kg of feed per day if milk production is increasing.

Cow milk production Cow feed Mineral Mixture
5 kg1.0 kg10 gm
6 kg1.5 kg15 gm
7 kg2.0 kg20 gm
8 kg2.5 kg25 gm
9 kg3.0 kg30 gm
10 kg3.5 kg35 gm
11 kg4.0 kg4. gm
12 kg4.5kg45 gm
13 kg5.0 kg50 gm
14 kg5.5 kg55 gm
15 kg6.0 kg60 gm
16 kg6.5 kg65 gm
17 kg 7.0 kg 70 gm
18 kg7.5 kg75 gm
19 kg8.0 kg80 gm
20 kg8.5 kg85 gm
21 kg9.0 kg90 gm
22 kg9.5 kg95 gm
23 kg10.0 kg100 gm
24 kg10.5 kg105 gm
25 kg11.0 kg110 gm

With increase in cattle feed, mineral mixture increases as shown above.

Calf feeding

In case of exotic cow the calf is removed just after birth. It is because the milk produced by cow is much more than the milk required by calf. Cow produces 35 liters and calf need 4-5 liter milk per day. So the milk is fed by milk bottle two to 3 times a day. Keep calf at room temperature 20-30° C till is 100 kg.

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First milk after calving is essential for calf immunity. Even if placenta is not removed the calf should be feed milk. After a week give calf starter and water and continue milk feeding. When calf is eating one kg of calf starter stop milk feeding don not give any fodder till the calf starts eating three kg of calf starter. This will encourage the rumen growth. You can purchase ready made starter or you can make one. The calf should be given feed ad lib. When calf is 100 kg at the age of 100 days it should be offered green fodder. By this time rumen is developed and you can reduce calf feed to 1 kg. The fodder, feed, water shade and sun should be available all the times.

  • Maier 50%
  • Soya or ground nut cake 40%
  • Wheat bran 5%
  • Milk powder 2%
  • Mineral mixture chelated 2%
  • Salt – 1%

Mineral, Vitamin and amino acid need of cow

Optimum feeding of mineral, vitamins are necessary for production and reproduction of cow. Due to continue growing of crops our soil is depleted of minerals. If cow are deficient in minerals there is pica eating unwanted things like cloths soap etc. The life process can be enhanced by adding vitamins, because vitamins has catalytic effect. The addition of lysine and methionine, amino acid causes the better utilization of mineral. The mineral are also available in chelated form. Chelation is a process where the mineral are attached to other compound for easy entry of mineral in body. Feed chelated mineral mixture of standard company.

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