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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(11): 1204-1212
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.711.140


Effect of Body Condition Score on Milk Production, Milk Composition and Reproductive Performance of Lactating Murrah Buffaloes
N. Patel1, G.P. Lakhani1, S. Ghosh2*, S. Nayak3, B. Roy1, R.P.S. Baghel4 and A. Jain1
1Department of Livestock Production Management
3Department of Animal Nutrition,
College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University, Jabalpur-482001, Madhya Pradesh, India
2Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University, Jabalpur-482001, Madhya Pradesh, India
4College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University, Jabalpur-482001, Madhya Pradesh, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

A total of 18 Murrah buffaloes of 1st to 3rd parity were selected to study the effect of Body Condition Score (BCS) in milk production, milk composition and reproductive performance of lactating Murrah buffaloes. The Murrah buffaloes were distributed into three different groups with six animals in each group based on their pre-calving BCS (15 days before expected date of calving) namely G1 (2.50 - 3.00), G2 (3.25 - 3.75) and G3 (4.00 and above). BCS, daily milk yield up to 12 weeks of lactation, milk components (fat, protein, lactose, total solids and Solid Not Fat), Post-Partum estrus, service period, first service conception rate and numbers of service per conception were studied. The result of the present study indicated that there was decrease in BCS after calving in all the groups. G3 group animals produced highest total milk than G1 and G2 group animals, however the difference was not significant The G3 group animals attained their peak yield earlier compared to G2 and G1 group of animals and highest predicted lactation milk yeild. The increase in body condition score was accompanied by a significant increase in the content of fat, protein, lactose and total solid in the milk. The animals of G2 group had shorter postpartum estrus period, fewer services per conception, higher first service conception rate and shorter service period than G1 and G3 group. Thus in the present study, it was observed that BCS subsequently related to the production and fertility status of an animal.


Keywords: Murrah buffaloes, Body condition score, Milk production, Milk composition, Reproductive performance
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Patel, M., G.P. Lakhani, S. Ghosh, S. Nayak, B. Roy, R.P.S. Baghel and Jain, A. 2018. Effect of Body Condition Score on Milk Production, Milk Composition and Reproductive Performance of Lactating Murrah Buffaloes.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(11): 1204-1212. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.711.140