31-Title: Study of lactating buffalo feeding practices in rural area of Jamnagar district of Gujarat in India
Authors: RK Bloch, HH Savasani and SJ Vekariya
Source: Ruminant Science (2022)-11(2):409-414.
How to cite this manuscript: Bloch RK, Savasani HH and Vekariya SJ (2022). Study of lactating buffalo feeding practices in rural area of Jamnagar district of Gujarat in India. Ruminant Science 11(2):409-414.
An extensive survey was made to collect the information on lactating buffalo husbandry practices in the Jamnagar district of west Gujarat through a specially designed interview schedule on buffalo feeding practices. Buffaloes were reared under an intensive system of management. They were not allowed for grazing on forage and foliage in the year when green grasses are available. Only 21.67% and 15.00% of the respondents fed green fodder and dry fodder as chaffed, respectively. The majority of respondents were not practicing mineral supplementation (88.33%) and salt supplementation (90.00%) however, the majority of respondents were practicing deworming (56.67%) to their lactating buffaloes. All of the respondents fed concentrates to lactating buffaloes at the milking and 100% of the respondents were fed special supplements to their buffaloes after calving as bajra, jaggary, ghughari and edible oil mixtures for 3 to 7 days. Regarding metabolic disorders after calving, 20% and 23.33% occurrence of milk fever and ketosis were observed in selected lactating buffaloes in the surveyed area, respectively.
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