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

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Malau-Aduli, AEO and Tanko, RJ and Barje, PP and Muhammad, IR and Amodu, JT and Makun, HJ and Onifade, OS and Ehoche, OW and Gefu, JO and Goska, DY and Mohammed, S and Mohammed, A and Babuga, MA and Adediran, SA and Agyemang, K and Larbi, A (2000) On-farm improvement of milk yield in Bunaji cattle through legume supplementation. In: Proceedings of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production: Animal Production in the New Millennium - Challenges and Options. Nigerian Society for Animal Production, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria., pp. 40-42. ISBN 978-028-966-6

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Abstract

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), liveweight, lactation length and daily milk yield were 2.3, 6.1 years, 216.9kg, 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 difference 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 Type: Book Section
Publisher: Nigerian Society for Animal Production
Page Range: pp. 40-42
Additional Information: Copyright © 2000 Nigerian Society for Animal Production
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2009 00:27
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:01
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8813
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