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MILK PRODUCTION POTENTIAL OF PURE BRED HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN AND JERSEY COWS IN SUBTROPICAL ENVIRONMENT OF PAKISTAN

M. LATEEF, K. Z. GONDAL, M. YOUNAS, M. SARWAR, M. I. MUSTAFA AND M. K. BASHIR1

Faculty of Animal Husbandry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad;
1Directorate of Advanced Studies, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan  

Abstract

   The data on 575 records of 270 Holstein Friesian and 818 records of 326 Jersey cows maintained in Punjab, Pakistan were analyzed. The cows were grouped into imported Holstein Friesian, imported Jersey, Farm born Holstein Friesian and farm born Jersey cows. Lactation milk yield of farm born Holstein Friesian and Jersey cows was significantly (P<0.05) lower than that of imported Holstein Friesian and Jersey cows. Breed group, season of calving and lactation number had significant (P<0.05) effect on lactation milk yield. The highest lactation milk yield was observed in imported and farm born Holstein Friesian cows calved during autumn, while in imported Jersey cows maximum lactation milk yield was observed in cows calved during spring season. The maximum lactation milk yield was observed in the third lactation in imported Holstein Friesian, imported Jersey and farm born Holstein Friesian cows, while in farm born Jersey cows maximum lactation milk yield was observed in the fifth lactation. The milk yield in all breed groups increased with increase in lactation length and service period.

Key words: Holstein Friesian, Jersey, Milk yield, Subtorpics, Pakistan.

 
   

ISSN 0253-8318 (Print)
ISSN 2074-7764 (Online)



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