Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 51 issue 3 (june 2017) : 594-598

The effects of calving season and parity on colostrum quality of Holstein cows

Erdal Yaylak*, Musa Yavuz, Serkan Özkaya
1<p>Department of Animal Science,&nbsp;S&uuml;leyman Demirel University, 32260 Isparta, Turkey.</p>
Cite article:- Yaylak* Erdal, Yavuz Musa, &Ouml;zkaya Serkan (2016). The effects of calving season and parity on colostrum quality of Holstein cows . Indian Journal of Animal Research. 51(3): 594-598. doi: 10.18805/ijar.11470.

The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of calving season (winter and spring) and parity (first and second parity) on colostrum quality. Colostrum of 42 Holstein cows raised at a private dairy farm was used in this experiment. Calving season and parity had no effects on major components of colostrum. However, somatic cell count (SCC) and the brightness of the colostrum (L*) values were affected by calving season (P<0.05). The mean of winter colostrum SCC was lower than the spring season (P<0.05). The brightness of the colostrum was found to be higher in winter season than in spring season (P<0.01). Colostrometer has been used to evaluate colostrum quality and Brix refractometer and colorimeter can also be used to assess colostrum quality. 

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