Influence of suckling and/or milking method on yield and milk composition in dairy animals


  • Never Assan Zimbabwe Open University, Department of Agriculture Management, Faculty of Science, Bulawayo Region, Box 3550, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe


Suckling, Milking, Yield, Composition, Dairy


Achieving the maximum marketable milk yield with a high fat and protein content is desirable to producers to increase farm profitability. The present discussion points to the fact that rearing systems and milking method used affect either milk yield or milk composition during the entire lactation. Increased milk production elicited by suckling is probably due to the additional stimulus of the mammary gland, and is  associated with improved mammary development through regulation of   secretion of  hormone during this period with markedly increase in milk. Dairy farmers can take advantage of suckling stimulus  as a management tool combined with stipulated frequency of  machine milking to increase milk  production. Restricted suckling may increase total milk production  without reducing milk available for human consumption or sale. The present discussion explores the  consequences of different milking methods and/or  suckling in dairy production enterprises for improving  yield and milk composition in dairy animals.


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