Title: Effect of inorganic and organic trace minerals supplementation on lactation performance and udder health in crossbred cows
Authors: Sunil Dutt Choudhary, Sheela Choudhary, Poonam Yadav, Rajesh Kumar and VK Meena
Source: Ruminant Science (2017)-6(1):103-107.
Cite this reference as: Choudhary SD, Choudhary S, Yadav P, Kumar R and Meena VK (2017). Effect of inorganic and organic trace minerals supplementation on lactation performance and udder health in crossbred cows. Ruminant Science 6(1):103-107.
An experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of inorganic and organic trace minerals supplementation in terms of lactation performance and udder health in crossbred cows. Fifteen crossbred cows were randomly divided in three groups viz. G1, G2 and G3 consisting of five cows each. Group 1 (G1) was control group in which the animals did not receive mineral mixture, whereas the animals of experimental group 2 (G2) and group 3 (G3) were fed a similar feed along with inorganic and organic trace minerals respectively. Daily milk yield, milk composition viz. fat, protein, lactose, SNF, total solid and density were studied for duration of 60 days. Somatic cell count and electric conductivity were also studied for analysis of udder health. Daily milk yield, milk fat percent and milk total solid percent were improved (P<0.05) in both supplemented groups. Milk protein, lactose, SNF percent and density were not affected due to supplementation. Milk somatic cell count and electric conductivity decreased (P<0.05) in organic trace mineral supplemented group as compared to control. The study therefore revealed that trace minerals supplementation increase milk yield, milk fat and total solid per cent, while organic trace minerals additionally improved udder health by decreasing the milk somatic cell count and electric conductivity.
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