Introduction of Brachiaria brizantha cv. Marandú for Milk Production, and Economic Results of a Buffalo Dairy

  • Mirtha Rivero Rodríguez Maraguán Cattle Farm, Ministry of Agriculture, Camagüey, Cuba
  • Lino M. Curbelo Rodríguez Center for Animal Production Studies, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Ca- magüey, Cuba
  • Iliana Díaz Gaspar FINTUR, Camagüey Branch, Cuba
  • Raúl V. Guevara Viera Center for Animal Production Studies, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Ca- magüey, Cuba
  • Guillermo E. Guevara Viera Center for Animal Production Studies, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Ca- magüey, Cuba

Resumen

The effect of introducing Brachiaria brizanta cv. Marandú for forage upon milk production and economic results was evaluated on Tayabito buffalo dairy farm affiliated to Maraguán Livestock Center in Camagüey municipality, Cuba. To this purpose, a two-hectare B. brizanta grazing ground was introduced and its effect on milk production and quality was estimated by a Switch Back design with two treatments and six replicas each. Initially, female buffaloes lactation span was 122 ± 5,7 days. Forage balances were performed on native pastures and half the area with B. brizanta  grassland.  This new species  proved its suitability  by spreading  over 80 % of the 2 ha area after being planted. Concerning milk production during dry and rainy seasons, a significant increase was registered for B. brizanta compared to native pastures (over 0,54 and 0,83 l/animal/day for each season, respectively). Milk quality was not affected in either case. This farm forage production could supply current herd feeding needs by introducing 50 % grazing grounds of B. brizanta; besides, productive indexes could significantly improve.

Publicado
2018-11-05
Cómo citar
Rivero Rodríguez, M., Curbelo Rodríguez, L. M., Díaz Gaspar, I., Guevara Viera, R. V., & Guevara Viera, G. E. (2018). Introduction of Brachiaria brizantha cv. Marandú for Milk Production, and Economic Results of a Buffalo Dairy. Revista De Producción Animal, 25(2), 1-6. Recuperado a partir de https://revistas.reduc.edu.cu/index.php/rpa/article/view/2540
Sección
Manejo y Alimentación