Comparison of extensive or semi-intensive feeding for Anatolian water buffalo

Degirmencioglu T., ÜNAL H., Kuraloglu H.

EMIRATES JOURNAL OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE, vol.27, no.9, pp.712-715, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.9755/ejfa.2015.04.07
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.712-715
  • Keywords: Extensive or semi-intensive feeding system, Anatolian water buffalo, DIETS
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


This study was carried out to determine the effects of extensive or semi-intensive feeding on dry matter intake and milk composition in Anatolian water buffalo. Buffaloes were taken into trial in the 1st-2nd months of their lactation. The buffaloes were divided into 2 groups, an extensive group (A) and a semi-intensive group (B) each group consisting of 12 buffaloes. Compared to the A group, the B group consumed more total dry matter (P < 0.05; 13.17 vs. 11.12 kg day(-1)) and produced more milk day(-1) (P < 0.05; 7.34 vs 4.42 kg day(-1)). In the milk samples which were taken from the group A had higher (P < 0.05) milk fat percentage than group B (milk fat = 8.03 and 5.80 %, respectively). The somatic cell count (SCC) (44.7 and 60.3 x log10 mL(-1)), SNF (10.29 and 10.18 %) and protein percentages of milk (4.95 and 4.96 %) were similar for both groups.