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Influence of the year and calving season on production, composition and mozzarella cheese yield of water buffalo in the State of Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil

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Author(s): Kácia B.S. Araújo | Adriano H.N. Rangel | Francisco C.E. Fonseca | Emerson M. Aguiar | Aurino A. Simplício | Luciano P. Novaes | Dorgival M. Lima Júnior

Journal: Italian Journal of Animal Science
ISSN 1594-4077

Volume: 11;
Issue: 1;
Start page: e16;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Water buffalo | Milk production | Effect of the year | Calving season

ABSTRACT
This research was carried out to evaluate the influence of the year and calving season on the production, composition and mozzarella cheese yield index (PKM) of Murrah water buffalos. We analyzed a data set of 514 lactations collected from 2004 to 2008, recorded and archived in software of a farm located in Taipu, in the eastern region of Rio Grande do Norte State, Brazil. To assess the effects of calving season, the year was divided into a rainy season (from March to August) and a dry season (from September to February). Results showed that the year influenced daily production and PKM (P
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