SHORT COMMUNICATIONS

BODY MEASUREMENTS OF KIDS FED ON MONENSIN SUPPLEMENTED COMPLETE RATIONS
Biju Chacko and George Mathen



Abstract


An investigation was carried out to assess the influence of monensin supplementation on body measurements of Malabari kids fed on three complete rations containing different levels of crude fibrre (8, 12 and 16% respectively). The cumulative increase in length did not differ significantly (P > 0.05) between the three groups. The significantly higher (P < 0.01) increase in girth and height observed in animals of groups I and II in comparison to that of animals in group III may be due to the difference in body weight of the animals. The above findings indicate that girth and height is a better measure of growth than body length in kids maintained on complete rations supplemented with monensin under intensive system of management.