34-Title: Insights into the buffalo breeding and milking practices in relation to herd size adopted by farmers in the non-tribal area of Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan
Authors: Devkishan Gurjar, Gayatri Gujar, ML Gurjar, MC Sharma and Padma Meel
Source: Ruminant Science (2021)-10(2):423-428.
How to cite this manuscript: Gurjar Devkishan, Gujar Gayatri, Gurjar ML, Sharma MC and Meel Padma (2021). Insights into the buffalo breeding and milking practices in relation to herd size adopted by farmers in the non-tribal area of Chittorgarh district in Rajasthan. Ruminant Science 10(2):423-428.
A total of 160 buffalo rearers were randomly selected and investigated from eight villages of Begun and Kapasan tehsils of Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan. Among the buffalo rearers under study, 53.10 per cent got their buffalo conceived by natural service method, while 46.88 per cent of the respondents adopted artificial insemination as the breeding method. Furthermore, 47.50 per cent of the total buffalo rearers got their buffalo inseminated/served at the mid-stage of heat, 49.38 per cent of the respondents used pure bred indigenous bull for service and pregnancy diagnosis of buffalo was practiced by 56.22 per cent of the respondents. Investigation on milking practices revealed that knuckling (94.38%) was the main method of milking among the respondents. All respondents under study practiced cleaning of udder and teats, and washing of hands prior to milking and milked their buffalo twice daily. However, none of the buffalo keepers under study followed dry hand milking and sealing of the teat canal at the end of lactation. This study revealed a low adoption of the scientific strategy in the breeding and milking management of buffaloes.
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