Ovariectomy effect in heifers Nelore x Angus, Bos taurus indicus x Bos taurus taurus on the weight gains

Marcelo George Mungai Chacur, Maurício de Faria Marin, Eunice Oba, Sérgio do Nascimento Kronka

Abstract


This study aimed to evaluate the weight gain in cross breed heifers Nelore X Angus, spayed and nonspayed, kept on pasture and confinement. The animals were allotted in two groups as follows: group 1 consisted of 30 nonspayed heifers with 18 months old. Group 2 was composed of 30 spayed heifers with 18 months old. The animals were allotted in pasture of Brachiaria decumbens and weighted at 39 and 75 days. Significant difference was observed between the average daily gain of the two groups – G1 and G2 (75th day), respectively (0.51 kg and 0.65 kg; P < 0.01). The following day (76th day), all animals were allotted and kept on confinement during 144 days. Significant difference was observed between the average daily gain of the two groups – G1 and G2 (144th day), respectively (0.73 kg and 0.58 kg; P < 0.01). The results of this experiment show that spayed heifers presented a higher daily gain on pasture.


Keywords


Beef cattle; castration; pasture; confinement



DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5433/1679-0359.2007v28n2p317

Semina: Ciênc. Agrár.
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DOI: 10.5433/1679-0359
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