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Journal of Animal Health and Production

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J. Anim. Health. Prod. 6(4): 108-110
Http://dx.doi.org/10.17582/journal.jahp/2018/6.4.108.110
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P. Arun Nehru1, N. Muniyappan2, M. Arulmuthumathavan3, V.V. Raji4

1KS Cattle Feeds, KSE Limited, Vedagiri, Kottayam, Kerala, India - 686632; 2Department of Veterinary Physiology, Madras Veterinary College, Tamil Nadu, India; 3KS Cattle Feeds, KSE Limited, Dindigul, Tamil Nadu, India - 642113; 4KS Cattle Feeds, KSE Limited, Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India.

Abstract | The study was designed to evaluate the seasonal influences on crossbred cow milk composition in an organized cattle farm, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu, India. One hundred (n=100) samples from each season were collected from a herd of Holstein Friesian crossbred cows during summer (March-May), rainy (June-September), autumn (October-November) and winter (December-February) and analyzed for fat, solids not fat (SNF) and total solids. Overall mean for fat, SNF and total solids of milk were 3.74, 8.258 and 11.998 per cent respectively. Fat and SNF content significantly (P<0.01) differed among seasons and highest in winter (3.819% and 8.348%) followed by autumn (3.771% and 8.282%), summer (3.739% and 8.246%) and lowest in rainy season (3.631% and 8.158%). The seasonal variation in this part of the southern region of Tamil Nadu influences the fat, SNF and total solids content of crossbred cow milk.

Keywords | Seasonal variation, Milk composition, Crossbred cow