15-Title: Effect of betaine supplementation on reproductive performance in postpartum lactating Murrah buffaloes
Authors: Jyotsana Shakkarpude, Aditya Mishra, Deepika D Caesar, RPS Baghel, RK Sharma, SN Shukla and K Shrman
Source: Ruminant Science (2021)-10(2):319-321.
How to cite this manuscript: Shakkarpude Jyotsana, Mishra Aditya, Caesar Deepika D, Baghel RPS, Sharma RK, Shukla SN and Shrman K (2021). Effect of betaine supplementation on reproductive performance in postpartum lactating Murrah buffaloes. Ruminant Science 10(2):319-321.
Reproductive efficiency during the lactation period due to negative energy balance can be minimized by providing strategic feed supplements like betaine. The betaine acts as a methyl donor in metabolism and serves as an organic osmolyte which is used by cells for protection against osmotic stress and high temperature. In the present investigation, a total of 18 postpartum Murrah buffaloes were randomly divided into three groups for the experiment. T1 group was kept as control. T2, T3 group was supplemented with betaine @ 50 g/animal/day and 100 g/animal/day respectively. Betaine was supplemented from day 5 postpartum and was continued upto 4 months postpartum. Betaine supplementation @ 50 and 100 g/animal/day has a non-significant effect on first postpartum estrus, services per conception and service period as compared to the control group. However, the first service conception rate (%) was higher in betaine supplemented groups as compared to the control group.
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