On-farm improvement of milk yield in Bunaji cattle through legume supplementation

Malau-Aduli, A.E.O., Tanko, R.J., Barje, P.P., Muhammad, I.R., Amodu, J.T., Makun, H.J., Onifade, O.S., Ehoche, O.W., Gefu, J.O., Goska, D.Y., Mohammed, S., Mohammed, A., Babuga, M.A., Adediran, A., Agyemang, K., and Larbi, A. (2000) On-farm improvement of milk yield in Bunaji cattle through legume supplementation. In: Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production (25) pp. 40-42. From: 25th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production, 19-23 March 2000, Umudike, Nigeria.

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Legume supplementation of Bunaji (White Fulani) cattle owned by farmers in the Ungwan Fulani Inland Valley area of Zaria was studied with the objective of improving milk yield. The trial involved twenty-eight lactating cows in five herds whose average parity, age (as determined by dentition), Iiveweight, lactating length and daily milk yield were 2.3, 6.l years, 216.9 Kg, 5 months and 0.4 litres, respectively. After 3-6 weeks of supplementation, an increase in daily milk yield ranging from 0.3-2.1 litres was recorded, the differences between herds being highly significant (P<0.01). Parity, lactation length, calf's sex and age effects were, however, non-significant sources of variation in total milk yield after supplementation (P>0.01). It was concluded that a seven-fold increase in milk yield could be achieved through legume supplementation for six weeks in Bunaji cows. Higher increases could possibly be recorded if the supplementation period is extended.

Item ID: 54988
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
ISBN: 978-028-966-6
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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 01:32
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070204 Animal Nutrition @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830302 Dairy Cattle @ 100%
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