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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2004

The effect of water deprivation on milk production of camels (Camelus dromedarius)

Bekele T, Dahlborn K

Abstract

The effect of sixteen days of dehydration on milk production was investigated using seven lactating camels. The mean milk yield was 2.17 +/- 0.20 kg and decreased to 1.24 +/- 0.34 kg (P<0.05). The milk water content was 87 +/- 0.7% and did not show significant changes. The plasma and milk osmolality increased (P<0.001) from 318 +/- 2 to 345 +/- 2 and from 319 +/- 4 to 348 +/- 4, respectively. The total fat, protein, and lactose yields dropped proportional to milk volume. The effect of dehydration on milk production should be considered in watering strategies of lactating camels

Published in

Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences
2004, Volume: 13, pages: 459-462
Publisher: KIELANOWSKI INST ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY NUTRITION

    UKÄ Subject classification

    Veterinary Science
    Animal and Dairy Science

    Publication identifier

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.22358/jafs/73965/2004

    Permanent link to this page (URI)

    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/4657