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Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
Year: 2012 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 165-170
DOI: 10.3923/javaa.2012.165.170  
Assessment of Potential Milk Production of Chinese Hesitan
A.Y. Abdullahi and J.B. Yang
Abstract: This study was aimed to assess a potentiality of milk production for a recently established dairy farm. A total of 201 Chinese Hesitan cows and 21 calves were raised in stall feeding system. The cows were respectively divided into area A (lactating only), B (late pregnant only), C (early pregnant only) and D (calves only). The study period lasted for 60 days which initially involved only 19 lactating cows and ended with 102 lactating cows. Physical observation of daily milk collection (twice daily); routine feeding and management operations had been maintained throughout the period of the study. Purposive or judgment sampling technique was employed. Sample of milk was collected for laboratory analysis at the beginning, middle and end of the study to determine its composition in terms of milk fat and solid not fat percentage. Data collected were collated and analyzed using Microsoft Excels 2007 for simple descriptive statistics and application of computer packages SSPS 17 for analysis. The total milk yield for the period of 60 days for the study was 43177.7 kg. The average milk yield was 719.63 kg while the milk sold was 38,578 kg. The relationship between the daily milk production and the number of lactating cows showed that the observed data values have strong relationship with the quadratic model-predicted value. The study result revealed that the BW average was 482 kg and BCS means for lactating and dry cows was 2.98 while calving weights for calf male and female were 37.69 and 33.60, respectively. Milk nutrients composition of milk fat, milk protein, lactose and DM means were 3.85, 3.59, 4.54 and 12.57, respectively. The correlation between the concentrate, the forage fed to the lactating cows and the feed efficiency dry matter intake indicated that there was a significant relationship (p<0.01). It was recommended that silage should be included in the feeding system because it contains qualitative nutrients.
How to cite this article:
A.Y. Abdullahi and J.B. Yang, 2012. Assessment of Potential Milk Production of Chinese Hesitan. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 11: 165-170.
DOI: 10.3923/javaa.2012.165.170