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Journal of Buffalo Science
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ISSN (Print) 1927-5196 - ISSN (Online) 1927-520X
Published by Lifescience Global Homepage  [13 journals]
  • Relationships between the Parity and Pelvimetry of Egyptian Buffalo Cows:
           Prediction of Dystocia and Estimation of Age

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      Authors: Ramadan G. Sary, Hisham A. Abdelrahman, Ragab H. Mohamed, Ahmed M. Hussien, Hassan A. Hussein, Karim M. Khalil
      Pages: 1 - 7
      Abstract: Background: The current study aimed to determine the most strongly correlated variable of pelvimetry with the parity in our native breed Egyptian buffaloes. Methods: The study was conducted on 36 female buffaloes (nullipara, n=14, primipara n=6 and pluripara, n=16 with 2-4 births) aged between <15 months, n=15 and 65 months, n=21. The internal and external pelvic measurements were obtained using the rice pelvimeter and Freeman’s measuring tape. Results: Strong positive linear relationships were found for the distance between ischiatic tuberosities and the distance between sacral tubercles with the correlation coefficients of 0.64 and 0.62, respectively. The conjugate diameter increased progressively with the age and number of births, with a correlation coefficient of 0.96. The pelvic area had a very strong positive linear relationship with a correlation coefficient of 0.89. The linear combination of the predictor variable (conjugate diameter), to predict the number of birth was developed successfully. Conclusion: The strong relationship between the conjugate diameter and the number of births could be employed to predict the dystocia and estimate the age of female buffalo. Furthermore, these findings could be aid paleontologists in studying buffalo fossils.
      PubDate: 2022-01-17
      DOI: 10.6000/1927-520X.2022.11.01
      Issue No: Vol. 11 (2022)
  • Description of Four Dual-Purpose River Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) Farms in
           Tropical Wetlands in Mexico. Part 1: Social Aspects, Herd Distribution,
           Feeding, Reproductive, and Genetic Management

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      Authors: Aldo Bertoni, Adolfo Álvarez-Macías, Diego Armando Morales, José Luis Dávalos, Daniel Mota-Rojas
      Pages: 8 - 18
      Abstract: This article characterizes four dual-purpose river buffalo farms (DPBPS) in south-southeastern Mexico. The objectives were to obtain a broader profile of this system and capture values related to buffalo breeding in that area. The study identified a group of producers with high levels of education (17 ± 1.15 years) and years of experience in agricultural systems (28.75 ± 10.81), especially with buffaloes (9 ± 1.83 years). Land tenure is private, and the average surface area of ranches is 428.75 ± 245.57 hectares, located mainly (92%) in flatlands and floodplains with an average number of animals per hectare 2.03 ± 0.69 AU/h. The area has various vegetable strata (grasses, bushes, trees). Feeding is based on the consumption of vegetable species like Camalote grass (Paspalum fasciculatum), West Indian Azuche grass (Hymenachne amplexicaulis), and Aleman grass (Echinochloa polystachya), complemented with minerals. Production units (PU) 2 and 3 add a low proportion of balanced feed. The average number of animals per PU is 611 ± 50. Dams and calves represent the largest proportions in the herds. The main breed raised in these buffalo production systems is Buffalypso (58% ± 21%), followed by Italian Mediterranean (24% ± 5%) and Murrah (10% ± 14%). The data collected show that the reproduction methods most often utilized, in order of frequency, are fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI), direct mounting (DM), and estrus-detected artificial insemination (EDAI). Proportions are 61% ± 18%, 24% ± 25% and 14% ± 17%, respectively. The DPBPS studied are distinguished by the presence of owners and managers with high levels of education, extensive experience in agricultural systems, and the capacity and willingness to implement new technologies that permit continuous improvement. However, their experience in buffalo production is still limited, so there is ample room for improvement.
      PubDate: 2022-03-11
      DOI: 10.6000/1927-520X.2022.11.02
      Issue No: Vol. 11 (2022)
  • Characteristics of Buffalo Production and Research Systems in Southern

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      Authors: Luis Alberto de la Cruz-Cruz, Patricia Roldán-Santiago, Daniel Fernando Berdugo-Diaz, René Rodríguez-Florentino, Jesús Alfredo Berdugo-Gutiérrez
      Pages: 19 - 31
      Abstract: Background: This research aimed to characterize the production units of water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and review the published scientific literature in southeastern Mexico. Methods: Between May and June 2020, a questionnaire was created in Google forms, distributed through social networks, and emailed to buffalo breeders. In addition, a review of different scientific databases on the experimental studies developed in Mexico on buffalo was performed. Results: Data was collected from 8,867 animals from 13 producers located in southeastern Mexico; dual-purpose (milk-meat) is the primary zootechnical purpose (69.24%), and the rest is meat production. The buffalo herd is mainly composed of females (72.09%). Females are used primarily to repopulate the herd and males for meat production. Mortality in adults remained between 2 to 5%. 30.76% of the producers produce milk (495 females) with 5.1 L/d on average. 100% of the producers stated that they transform the milk into dairy products, mainly cheeses and other products. In the case of meat production, 31.97% of the males are fattened based on pastures with a weight range between 400-600 kg at the age of 22 months (range 18-30 months). Between 2012-and 2021, 19 studies related mainly to herd health (63.15%) were registered. Conclusion: It is concluded that this Mexican species has great productive potential with different areas for improvement. Due to sanitary management and rusticity, mortality is low. It is necessary to develop other lines of research associated with the reproduction, production of milk/meat, health, quality of products, safety, and sustainability of buffalo activity in Mexico.
      PubDate: 2022-05-06
      DOI: 10.6000/1927-520X.2022.11.03
      Issue No: Vol. 11 (2022)
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