The study involving eighty buffaloes in their second to fourth lactation in Panchmahal and Vadodara districts indicated that during early lactation inclusion of concentrate mixture with bypass protein in the ration resulted in significant improvement in yield of whole milk, fat and 6% Fat Corrected Milk (FCM). The improved feed conversion efficiency in treatment group resulted in higher return over feed cost. The farm animals in 15-60 days post-partum period were selected based on their average daily milk yield and fat per cent following Completely Randomized Design, for the trial of 90 days duration at tribal villages in Panchmahal and Vadodara districts. The selected buffaloes were randomly allotted to two dietary treatments i.e. T1 (Control) and T2 (Bypass protein feed). The buffaloes in control group (T1) were fed as per the feeding schedule followed by the farmers (concentrate + green roughage + dry roughage) and those in treatment group (T2) were reared on farm feeding schedule + compound concentrate mixture containing bypass protein. The inclusion of bypass protein feed in early lactating buffaloes resulted in improvement in milk quantity and quality as well as feed conversion efficiency which led to increase in daily income by Rs. 29.18 ± 5.18 and 29.53 ± 7.33 per buffalo in Panchmahal and Vadodara districts, respectively.
Bypass Protein, Milk Yield, Milk Composition, Lactating Buffaloes