MILK COMPOSITION OF PAKISTANI CAMEL (CAMELUS DROMEDARIES) KEPT UNDER STATION/FARMER'S CONDITIONS
Keywords:milk, lactation, camel, pakistan
A six month study involving milk sample from 14 freshly calved she-camels was undertaken at Barani Livestock Production Research Institute(BLPRI), Kherimurat, District Attock (Punjab-Pakistan).These animals were maintained on vegetation mainly comprised pholai (Acacia modesta) Kandair (Alhaji camelorum) and Kahu (Olea ferruginea). Repeesentative milk samples constituted by standard methods. Average percentage values of protein,fat,solid-not-fat (SNF), total solids(TS) and titratable acidity (TA) in milk were 2.85±0.036; 3.57±0.09; 9.00±0.13; 12.36±0.19 and 0.20±0.005, respectively. Fat percentage was found lower than that of many cattle breeds. Moreover mean specific gravity of camel was 1.03± 0.007. On overall basis, average milk composition observed during the first month of lactation in the present study contributed to the nutritive quality of camel milk and overall knowledge of this animal species as a food source for an overpopulated and underdeveloped country like Pakistan.