I wish to acknowledge and express my feeling of deep gratitude to my esteemed guide, Dr. S.P. Tiwari, present Dean, College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry, Anjora, Durg, Advisory member Dr. U.K. Mishra, present Hon’ble vice chancellor, CGKV, Durg and other members, whose austere guidance, valuable and timely suggestions enable me to complete this work. I am also thankful to the other associated professors, my colleagues, friends, students and my family member for their kind cooperation, eternal blessing, forever love and generous affection which brought me up to this stage.
The goat is one of the most important species of livestock in India. It has short generation interval, high prolificacy and is easily adaptable to a wide range of climatic conditions. Goat are reared specially in India as extensive and semi-extensive system of rearing. Goats in the grazing are the most likely species to suffer from a condition of under nutrition due to insufficient supply of nutrients through the forage they graze upon. In the tropics under-nutrition is cited to be one of the major constraints towards efficient animal production. The inadequate mineral supplementation is perhaps a more limiting factor compared to the deficiency of energy and protein in the feeding of goat. I conducted my Ph.D research to study the effects of supplemental mineral (Cr, Zn and Se), un-medicated UMMB and medicated UMMB on growth performance, nutrient utilization, blood biochemical constituents, and hematological and mineral profile of growing, adult and pregnant goats. The Ph.D thesis is converted into book with intention to provide the vast research information to the scientific community of country as well as of world.
I hope this volume will be a valuable reference for researchers, animal health professionals and policy experts, and a useful resource for educators and advanced animal nutrition students.
Manoj Kumar Gendley
Dr. M. K. Gendley
The author of this book was born on 2nd October, 1974 at Motimpur, district Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh. He passed high school education in the year 1990 under the Madhya Pradesh Board of Education. After passing the Higher Secondary Examination under the Madhya Pradesh Board of Education in the year 1992, he joined College of Veterinary Science & A.H., Mhow under Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh in November,1993 for B.V.Sc & A.H. and completed in 1998. Thereafter, he joined Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar for his Post-Graduate studies in 1999 with major in Animal Nutrition and completed in August, 2001. He was awarded ICAR-JRF scholarship for his entire period of postgraduate programme. He was also awarded National Eligibility Test in Animal Nutrition by ICAR, in January, 2003. Subsequently, just after M.V.Sc., he joined Chhattisgarh government as Veterinary Assistant Surgeon at Kankar through MPPSC in 2001 and he continued his services of VAS upto 15thApril, 2003. Thereafter, he joined department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Sci. & A.H., Anjora, Durg under Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur on 17th April, 2003 as assistant professor. Thereafter, he joined the same College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry; Durg under Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya for his Ph.D study in 2007 with major in Animal Nutrition and he was awarded Ph.D degree in 2010. After bifurcation of college from IGKV, Raipur, the author is working as Assistant Professor (SS) in the Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary Science and A.H., Anjora Durg under Chhattisgarh Kamdhenu Vishwavidyalaya, Durg. Author is having academic experiences (teaching, research and extension) of more than 12 years and he has guided as major guide to two M.V.Sc. students and as co-guide to more than 10 students. He has published more than 25 research papers in the International and National reputed journal and participated in two international conferences at Thailand and Srilanka. He has written book in the field Animal Husbandry and He has been awarded with Krishak Shiromani Award for excellent contribution in the field of Animal Husbandry.
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