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

  • Geminguli Muhatai (a1), Long Cheng (a2), Innocent Rugoho (a3), Guoliang Xiao (a4), Genyuan Chen (a1), Simon Hodge (a2) and Xiaoling Zhou (a1)...

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 milk than parity 4 donkeys (3·3 kg/donkey/d vs 2·7 kg/donkey/d). The information provided by this study should aid producers in estimating the expected milk yields from individual donkey, and better predict milk yield over the course of a production cycle.

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Journal of Dairy Research
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