27-Title: Correlation of body condition score with milk yield, milk composition and body weight changes under different parities in lactating buffaloes
Authors: Umesh Mirje, Mahadevappa D Gouri, Vivek M Patil, Umashankar BC, Manjunatha L, Basavaraj Inamdar, Raghavendra G and Prasanna SB
Source: Ruminant Science (2022)-11(1):131-134.
How to cite this manuscript: Mirje Umesh, Gouri Mahadevappa D, Patil Vivek M, Umashankar BC, Manjunatha L, Inamdar Basavaraj, Raghavendra G and Prasanna SB (2022). Correlation of body condition score with milk yield, milk composition and body weight changes under different parities in lactating buffaloes. Ruminant Science 11(1):131-134.
An experiment was conducted in 30 lactating dairy buffaloes in Belagavi-district of Karnataka. The objective of the study was to know the effect of parities on body condition score, milk parameters viz, Milk Yield (MY), Fat, Solid Not Fat (SNF) and Protein (PTN) per cent and correlation between body condition score (BCS), body weight (BW) and milk compositions. The results showed that the average body condition score for lactating dairy buffaloes in different parities and stages of lactation were in the range from 3.39±0.06 to 3.68±0.06, while the overall average value for body weight in buffaloes was 497.02±2.94 kg. The overall average values for the milk production traits viz., daily milk yield (kg/d), Fat (%), SNF (%) and Protein per cent were 6.17±0.13 kg, 7.06±0.02, 9.65±0.04 and 4.03±0.01 respectively. The statistical analysis revealed positive and highly significant (P<0.01) correlation between body condition score and body weight changes. Similarly the negative and significant (P<0.05) correlation was found between body condition score and weekly average milk yield and fat percentage, whereas negative and non-significant correlation was found with SNF per cent. There was positive and significant (P<0.05) correlation observed between body condition score and protein per cent in milk. Hence the present study suggested that the buffaloes to be selected for the best production performance should possess the body condition score in the range of 3.5 to 3.75.
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