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Abstract            Volume:10  Issue-3  Year-2022         Original Research Articles

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The Effect of Feed Supplementation for Cow Milk Productivity and Milk Quality in Ethiopia
Abdi Hassen1, 2*, Petros chavula2, SirajShek Mohammed1 and Abrahim Dawid3
1East Hararge, Meta Agricultural Office, Animal productions in Haramaya University, School of Animal and Range Sciences, Haramaya, Ethiopia
2Africa Center of Excellence for Climate Smart Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation, Department of climate smart agriculture, Haramaya University, Haramaya, Ethiopia
3Veterinary Drug and Animal Feed administrations and control authority in Dire-dawa, eastern Ethiopia
*Corresponding author

Milk and milk products are an important source of food that provides nutritional energy, high-quality protein, minerals, and vitamins. Feed supplementation could be an excellent way to improve nutrient digestibility and absorption in dairy cattle, resulting in higher milk output and productivity by addressing the cow's nutritional needs through a feeding schedule. Whatever improvements in the genetic makeup of local dairy cows, they only account for about 30% of productivity; the remaining 70% depend on nutrition, appropriate supplementary diet, and other factors management. Supplementing different types of feeds and giving a balanced diet has a major effect on milk production and productivity, but not on milk quality. However, milk production efficiency affects milk quality because of the efficiency of nutrient absorption as described by dry matter intake. The ability to increase milk productivity depends on the ingredients formulated in the feed supplement. Even though indigenous milking cows are low milk producers because of the shortage of nutrition and unavailability of feed, if smallholders use appropriate supplementation of different feeds and improve the nutritive values of feeds for dairy cows, the production, productivity, and quality of milk from dairy cows should increase as well.

Keywords: Milk productions, Cow milk productivity, milk quality, and feed supplement.
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Abdi Hassen, Petros chavula, SirajShek Mohammed and Abrahim Dawid. 2022. The Effect of Feed Supplementation for Cow Milk Productivity and Milk Quality in Ethiopia.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 10(3): 67-78
doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2022.1003.007
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