Vol. 10, Special Issue 5 (2021)
Udder and teat morphology during ‘Doka’ in cyclic and acyclic Murrah buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis)
Pratibha Singh, SK Phulia, AK Balhara, RK Sharma and Ankaj Thakur
‘Doka’ is temporary teat engorgement one such expression in female buffaloes, which is being observed by the farmers for fore-telling the initiation of cyclic reproductive activity/estrus in buffaloes. The current study was conducted to observe morphological changes of teat and udder during and after ‘Doka’ in Murrah buffaloes. Udder morphology was studied on thirty five animals Group I- cyclic ‘Doka’ (n = 14) and Group II -cyclic without ‘Doka’ (n = 21) while udder and teat measurements forty sex animals Group I (n = 19) cyclic ‘Doka’, Group II (n = 14) cyclic without ‘Doka’, Group III (n = 6) acyclic ‘Doka’ and Group IV (n = 7) acyclic without ‘Doka’. Cyclic ‘Doka’ animals were having bowl shape udder, cylindrical teats and fused quarter. During ‘Doka’, cyclic ‘Doka’ (7.41±0.23 inches) and acyclic ‘Doka’ (7.30±0.79 inches) showed significantly higher udder depth as compared to acyclic without ‘Doka’ (7.41±0.23 inches). Teat length of fore and rear teats in cyclic ‘Doka’ were non-significantly (p<0.05) higher during the ‘Doka’ as compared to after ‘Doka’ stage. Rear teat diameter in acyclic ‘Doka’ (37.73±3.93 mm) is significantly (p<0.05) larger than the acyclic without ‘Doka’ animals (24.74±2.16 mm). Therefore, it can be concluded that udder and teat morphology changes during ‘Doka’ can be used as a tool for estrus detection tool in Buffaloes.
How to cite this article:
Pratibha Singh, SK Phulia, AK Balhara, RK Sharma and Ankaj Thakur. Udder and teat morphology during ‘Doka’ in cyclic and acyclic Murrah buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis). The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2021; 10(5S): 246-249.