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RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SOME CIRCULATING HORMONES, METABOLITES AND MILK YIELD IN LACTATING CROSSBRED COWS AND BUFFALOES

  • Jindal, S.K. (Buffalo Physiology, Central Institute for Research on Buffaloes) ;
  • Ludri, R.S. (National Dairy Research Institute)
  • Received : 1993.10.11
  • Accepted : 1994.01.26
  • Published : 1994.06.01

Abstract

To study the relationship between certain hormones and metabolites and between hormones and milk yield during different stage of lactation, six lactating Karan Swiss cows and six Murrah buffaloes were maintained. Growth hormone, insulin, $T_3$, $T_4$, glucose, BHBA, NEFA and milk yield were studied. Highly negative relationship of growth hormone with insulin and triiodothyronine in cows and marginally negative in buffaloes suggest that insulin and triiodothyronine aid in the process of partitioning of nutrients towards milk production through reducing the demands of nutrients by peripheral tissue. The significant and negative correlation of growth hormone with dry matter intake in both the species suggest that the availability of nutrients from the digestive tract play a role in the regulation of growth hormone secretion. Positive relationship of growth hormone with non esterified fatty acids in both the species suggest that high growth hormone levels may result in fat mobilization and thereby increase the availability of energy precursors for milk synthesis. Insulin was negatively correlated with milk yield and lactose content and positively with milk fat and protein but the degree of relationship varied. In both the species the relationship between triiodothyronine and milk yield was negative and between thyroxine and milk yield was positive. However, it was significant only in cows and not in buffaloes. Thyroxine was positively correlated with beta-hydroxybutyrate and non-esterified fatty acids with milk yield in both the species.

Keywords

Cattle;Buffalo;Correlation;Milk Yield;Milk Composition;Growth Hormone;Insulin;Thyroxine;Triiodothyronine;Glucose;$\beta$-Hydroxybutyric Acid;Non-esterified Fatly Acids