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Effect of Polyherbal Supplementation on Milk Performance of Crossbred Cows

Krishan Lal Gautam Rohit Bishist Bhupender Dutt Jigmet Namgial
Vol 9(7), 204-210

An experiment was conducted to study the effect of polyherbal supplementation on milk yield and milk quality parameters of crossbred cows maintained at university dairy farm at Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan. Twelve advanced pregnant crossbred lactating cows in their 3rd to 5th lactation was selected on the basis of their body weight and previous lactation milk yield and were divided into two equal groups of six animals in each group. In the treatment group of animals polyherbal mixture was supplemented @100 g day-1 cow-1 for a period of 105 days (days pre calving to 90 days post calving) whereas, in control group of animals no supplementation was done. Supplementation of polyherbal mixture resulted in significantly higher average milk yield (kg day-1) in treatment group (8.70 kg day-1) as compared to control group (7.38 kg day-1). Average milk fat%, SNF%, total solid% and protein % were significantly higher in treatment group (4.21, 8.67, 12.83 and 3.44) as compared to control group (3.52, 8.34, 11.86 and 3.34). Net returns on feeding of polyherbal mixture to the lactating crossbred cows were Rs 157.08 which was higher as compared to control group (Rs. 112.97 cow -1day-1). The study concluded that there was 9.3% higher milk yield, early peak yield and better milk composition (fat%, protein, SNF% and total solid %) as compared to that of non-supplemented group.

Keywords : Crossbred Lactation Polyherbal Mixture SNF

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