Journal article

Effect of parity, milking time and stage of lactation on milk yield of Jiangyue donkey (Equus asinus) in North West China

Geminguli Muhatai, Long Cheng, Innocent Rugoho, Guoliang Xiao, Genyuan Chen, Simon Hodge, Xiaoling Zhou

JOURNAL OF DAIRY RESEARCH | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2017

Abstract

The study reported in this Research Communication was carried out to examine how parity and milking time affected donkey milk yield under a typical Chinese production system. Eighteen Jiangyue breed donkeys with good health condition, aged between 6 and 9 years, and with parities 3 and 4, were selected. Milk production was measured commencing from the fourth week post-foaling, with a total data collection of 170 d in milk (lactation length). Mean milk yield of the donkeys used in this study was 3·0 kg/donkey/d. Results showed milk yield decreased with days in milk from 3·3 kg/donkey/d at the start of the study, to 2·2 kg/donkey/d by the end of the 170 d. Parity 3 donkeys produced 22% more mi..

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Awarded by Nature Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Key Laboratory of Tarim Animal Husbandry Science and Technology of Xinjiang Production & Construction Group


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the financial support from the Nature Science Foundation of China (No. 31160461), and Key Laboratory of Tarim Animal Husbandry Science and Technology of Xinjiang Production & Construction Group (No. HS201309). We acknowledge the support of the AGMARDT Postdoctoral Fellowship and Prof. Grant Edwards (Lincoln University, New Zealand) to author Dr Long Cheng.