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Effect of dietary supplementation of poly-herbal mixture and butyric acid on milk production, milk quality and somatic cell counts of postpartum Murrah buffaloes
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This study evaluated the effect of dietary supplementation of poly-herbal mixture and butyric acid on the milk yield, milk quality and somatic cell counts in Murrah buffaloes up to 90 days of lactation. Thirty six Murrah buffaloes were divided into four groups viz.; T0 control (n=9; Body Weight (BW)=666.22±31.30 kg, Most Probable Production Ability (MPPA)=1834 kg, Parity (P)=3.44) without any supplementation, T1 (n=9; BW=661.89±42.13 kg, MPPA=1860 kg, P=3.56) poly-herbal mixture, T2 (n=9; BW=664.22±14.81, MPPA=1907 kg, P=3.33) poly-herbal mixture + butyric acid and T3 (n=9; BW=672.00±17.97, MPPA=1891 kg, P=3.44) butyric acid on the basis of MPPA and P. In T1 group poly-herbal mixture was supplemented for seven days postpartum and in T2 group poly-herbal mixture was supplemented for seven days post-partum along with butyric acid for 30 days pre-partum and 30 days post-partum. In T3 group only butyric acid was supplemented for 30 days during pre-partum and 30 days post-partum periods. The results depicted that milk yield (T1-9.91±1.10, T2-9.72±1.18, T3-9.47±1.38 and T0-8.62±0.97 kg/day), fat corrected milk yield (6%) (T1-18.23±2.03, T2-18.45±2.28, T3-17.79±2.59 and T0-15.59±1.77 kg/day) and average total solid (T1-17.34±0.3, T2-17.80±0.40, T3-17.43±0.29 and T0-6.74±0.25) were significantly higher (P<0.05) in supplemented (T1, T2 and T3) groups as compared to control group (T0). No significant change in milk protein, lactose and SNF but the values was on higher side in treatment group. Somatic cell count (SCC) was significantly (P<0.05) lower in poly-herbal mixture and butyric acid supplemented groups as compared to control group. From the present study it was concluded that poly-herbal mixture and butyric acid supplementation during transition period has beneficial effect in improving milk production and udder health.
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