The particular morphology of buffalo udder is associated to milking difficulties. To better understand the characteristics of milk ejection in buffaloes, a study was conducted in an intensive farm in Lombardy, Italy. A total of 184 milk flow profiles were measured with an electronic flow meter. The results showed that during the first 3 minutes of milking 73% of total milk yield was milked; lag time of milk ejection (1.94 min ± 1.57) was very long and increased significantly with the increasing of lactation stage. The overmilking phase has also a long duration (33% of total milking time, on average). Administration of oxytocin before milking did not significantly affect milk flow parameters and machine on-time. The results suggested that proper pre-milking stimulation and prompt cluster takeoff could improve milking efficiency, ensuring good milk letdown and protecting teat conditions.
|Titolo:||Milk flow traits of buffalo cows in intensive farming systems|
|Parole Chiave:||buffalo ; milk production ; milk ejection ; milk flow|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore AGR/19 - Zootecnica Speciale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.4081/ijas.2007.1s.500|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|