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Vol. 12, Special Issue 10 (2023)

Pre partum and post partum body condition scores (BCS) effect on milk production and reproduction in murrah buffaloes

Author(s):
Subhasish Sahu, Anjali Arya, Ritu SK, Chhikara and Dipankar Kar
Abstract:
In order to understand the biological relationship between body fat, milk production and reproduction, the BCS (body condition score) system is used to evaluate dairy animal’s energy reserves. Murrah female buffaloes at Buffalo Farm, LUVAS were analysed for skeletal check points based on their anatomical features and fat reserves (visual perception). After reviewing the processes used for scoring dairy cows, a score chart for assessing buffalo body condition was prepared using a five-point scale. 110 Murrah female buffaloes in 1-6 lactations were observed to determine the average BCS of the breedable herd after each check point was observed thoroughly by sight. And a pilot experiment was conducted involving 33 Murrah buffaloes to study the pre partum (15 days prior to expected calving) and post-partum (upto 90 days) body condition scores (BCS in 15 days interval) on milk production and reproduction of the buffaloes. Results of this study revealed that the dry animals had higher BCS as compared to lactating animals but the difference was statistically non-significant (p>0.05). Results clearly indicated a negative correlation between BCS and lactation length upto 90 days. There was non-significant difference observed between groups for peak milk yield and days to attend peak yield.
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How to cite this article:
Subhasish Sahu, Anjali Arya, Ritu SK, Chhikara and Dipankar Kar. Pre partum and post partum body condition scores (BCS) effect on milk production and reproduction in murrah buffaloes. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2023; 12(10S): 2145-2149.

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