Association of biometric characteristics of udder and teats with milk somatic cell count in indigenous Sirohi goats
Mahendra Pal Poonia, Sanjita Sharma, Navav Singh, Amit Sharma and Brijesh Nanda
Goat milk has higher Somatic Cell Count (SCC) and the ability to correctly interpret somatic cell counts in goat depends on an understanding of the various factors which may affect the number of somatic cells. The present investigation was carried out to investigate the association of biometric characteristics of udder and teats with milk Somatic Cell Count (SCC) in 105 lactating Sirohi goats maintained under arid region of Rajasthan at Sheep Breeding Farm, Fatehpur, Sikar. Udder and teat morphometric parameters were measured before milking in the beginning of the study. The overall arithmetic mean of test day SCC (absolute and logarithmic) in milk of Sirohi goat was found to be 8,22,009 ± 23451cells/ml of milk and 5.8940.141 respectively. Udder length, udder width, udder circumference, teat length, teat diameter and straight distance between teats had positive correlation with Log10SCC while teat floor distance had negative correlation. It can be concluded factors like Udder and teat conformation traits should be considered at the time of selection of superior goats along with developing better selection strategies on milk yield per goat. SCC is the key component of national and international regulation for milk quality. More research work required for the formulations of quality standards for milk of native goat in the country.
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Mahendra Pal Poonia, Sanjita Sharma, Navav Singh, Amit Sharma and Brijesh Nanda. Association of biometric characteristics of udder and teats with milk somatic cell count in indigenous Sirohi goats. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2020; 9(9S): 134-138.