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EFFECTS OF ARTIFICIAL REARING OF SURTI BUFFALO CALVES ON MILK YIELD, COMPOSITION, SOMATIC CELL COUNT AND POSTPARTUM OESTRUS INTERVAL IN SURTI BUFFALOE
RANA RANJEET SINGH, SANDHYA S. CHAUDHARY, KETAN A. PATEL, MAHIPAL CHOUBEY, VINAY DAMOR

Published in: International Journal of Agriculture Sciences
Volume- 9, Issue-46, pp.4775-4778, Oct 2017
DPI :-> 16.10077.IJAS.2017.V9I46.47754778.2069



Abstract
The present investigation was conducted on twenty-four Surti buffaloes and their calves maintained at Livestock Research Station, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari with the objective to study the effects of artificial rearing of Surti buffalo calves on milk yield, composition, somatic cell count and postpartum oestrus interval in Surti buffaloes. Calves were weaned on the day 6 after calving and were raised under natural suckling method where they were allowed to suckle their dam before and after milking whereas calves raised artificially were maintained on whole milk (T1) and milk replacer (T2) fed through milk feeding bottle for first 90 days of their life. Calves and their mother were raised under loose housing and group management systems. Perusal of data revealed that a non-significant difference in milk yield was found among the three groups at all test days. Milk protein (%) of T1 group was significantly higher than control group of animals on the day 6. There was significant difference (p<0.05) in milk fat (%) between T1 (6.83±0.17 %) andT2 (6.13±0.24 %) group on day 76 and between control (7.06±0.18 %) and T2 (6.23±0.27 %) group at day 90 of the study. T1 group of buffaloes had significantly (p<0.05) lower SNF (9.80±0.28 %) than control (10.46±0.19%) and T2 (10.63±0.18 %) group of animals at day 20. There was non-significant difference in the milk lactose (%) among three groups of buffaloes. A non-significant difference was observed (p<0.05) in the somatic cell count (SCC) among three groups of animals. The post-partum estrus interval was comparatively lower in artificially reared than natural suckling group of Surti buffaloes.

Key-Words / Index Term
Natural suckling, Artificial rearing, Surti buffalo Calves, Somatic cell count (SCC) and Postpartum estrous interval

How to cite this article
RANA RANJEET SINGH, SANDHYA S. CHAUDHARY, KETAN A. PATEL, MAHIPAL CHOUBEY, VINAY DAMOR , “EFFECTS OF ARTIFICIAL REARING OF SURTI BUFFALO CALVES ON MILK YIELD, COMPOSITION, SOMATIC CELL COUNT AND POSTPARTUM OESTRUS INTERVAL IN SURTI BUFFALOE”, International Journal of Agriculture Sciences, 9, Issue-46, pp.4775-4778, Oct 2017. DPI:16.10077.IJAS.V9.I46.2069