Research Article
Volume 5 Issue 7 - 2020
Effect of Moringa Leaf Pellets as an Additional Feed Component on Milk Yield of Lactating Cows
Praveen Pankajakshan* and Chithra Prashanth Arunima
The Royal Palace Farm, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
*Corresponding Author: Praveen Pankajakshan, The Royal Palace Farm, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.
Received: April 04, 2020; Published: June 22, 2020




Abstract

Scarcity of good fodder for ruminant animals can be addressed by using fodder trees and shrub forages that are locally available and easily manageable. A study was conducted to evaluate the effect of Moringa leaf pellets as an additional feed component on the milk yield of eight lactating cows. A basal diet with Bermuda grass and concentrate feed was tested against the same diet where the Bermuda grass was partially replaced by Moringa leaf pellets on weight basis for four weeks. The milk yield was recorded twice a day and a sample of 100 ml from each milking was collected and analysed for organoleptic characteristics. The mean daily milk yield was significantly higher when cows were fed Moringa leaf pellets and the group fed with Moringa leaf pellets showed consistent milk yield throughout the collection period compared to the other group. The organoleptic characteristics like colour, smell and taste of the milk were not significantly different between the diets. It has been evident from the study that Moringa leaf pellets fed at half of the forage requirement can significantly improve milk yields of dairy cattle fed a basal diet of Bermuda grass and concentrate without affecting the organoleptic characteristics of milk and thus has the potential to emerge as a good supplement in arid regions.

Keywords: Moringa Leaf Pellets; Cows; Milk

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Citation: Praveen Pankajakshan and Chithra Prashanth Arunima. “Effect of Moringa Leaf Pellets as an Additional Feed Component on Milk Yield of Lactating Cows”. EC Veterinary Science 5.7 (2020): 45-53.

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