Modelling And Management Of Post-Conception Decline In Milk Yield Of Dairy Buffaloes

Shahbaz Khan, Muhammad Qureshi, M. Younas, M. Inam Rafiullah

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Abstract

Dairy buffalo farmers in Pakistan avoid postpartum rebreeding due to fear in milk yield decline. Under the present studyreduction in milk yield due to pregnancy was worked out using 23 pregnant and 17 non'pregnant buffaloes under fieldconditions and the decline was managed through feed supplementation treatments. The treatments provided werePregnant with traditional ration (PRT), pregnant with supplemented ration (PRS) and non pregnant with traditional ration(NPRT). The animals were categorized into high milk yielder (HMY), medium milk yielder (MMY) and low milkyielder (LMY), producing 66-75, 56-65, and 46-55 liters/wk, respectively. Milk production was recorded up to 23rdweek post-conception. The reduction in milk yield became significant on 7th week post-conception. The line JP8 modelgave good fit (R2= 0.9527). In the high yielder, the predicted reduction was highest (-4.48 liters/wk) than moderate andlow yielder (-2.37 and -0.94 liters/wk). In the high yielder the decline in milk yield post-conception was highest in PRT,moderate in PRS and the least in NPRT treatment. In the MMY buffaloes the supplementation support to milk yield wassmaller than the higher yielders. In LMY buffaloes the decline was highest in PRT than the other two treatments. It maybe concluded that the onset of pregnancy in dairy buffaloes results in a drastic decline in milk yield at an early stage andthe high yielder are more sensitive. An animal becoming pregnant, if supplemented at the rate of 1 kg/2 liters of milkwill retain milk yield for a longer duration post-conception
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-11
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Animal and Plant Sciences
Volume22
Issue numberSupplement No 2
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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