Tropical Animal Health and Production

, Volume 44, Issue 3, pp 617–622 | Cite as

Influence of dietary supplementation of prebiotics (mannanoligosaccharide) on the performance of crossbred calves

  • Sudipta GhoshEmail author
  • Ram Kumar Mehla
Original Research


Thirty-six Holstein cross calves 5 days of age in their preruminant stage were used to study the effect of feeding prebiotic (mannanoligosaccharide) on their performance up to the age of 2 months. Treatment and control groups consisted of 18 calves each. Treatment group was supplemented with 4 g prebiotic (mannanoligosaccharide)/calf/day. Performance was evaluated by measuring average body weight (BW) gain, feed intake [dry matter (DM), total digestible nutrient (TDN) and crude protein(CP)], feed conversion efficiency (DM, TDN, and CP), fecal score, fecal coliform count and feeding cost. Body weight measured weekly, feed intake measured twice daily, proximate analysis of feeds and fodders analyzed weekly, fecal score monitored daily and fecal coliform count done weekly. There was a significant increase in average body weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion efficiency; and a significant decrease in severity of scours as measured by fecal score and fecal coliform count in the treatment group compared with control group (P < 0.01). Feed cost/kg BW gain was significantly lower in the treatment group compared to control group (P < 0.01). The results suggest that prebiotic (mannanoligosaccharide) can be supplemented to the calves for better performance.


Calf Preruminant Prebiotic Mannanoligosaccharide Performance Body weight gain Feed conversion efficiency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Livestock Production ManagementCollege of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (Madhya Pradesh Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwavidyalaya)RewaIndia
  2. 2.Division of Livestock Production ManagementNational Dairy Research InstituteKarnalIndia

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