Impact of Management Systems on Yield and Quality Attributes of Kachhi Sheep Milk

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Shakeel Ahmed Tunio
Muhammad Naeem
Atique Ahmed Behan
Asmatullah Kaka
Ghulam Shabir Barham
Gul Bahar Khaskheli


The present research was carried out on the impact of two management systems on yield, physico-chemical and sensory attributes of Kachhi sheep milk. Twelve Kachhi sheep were randomly selected and divided into two groups and were reared under the intensive and semi-intensive management systems. The animals under intensive management system (group A) kept indoors and fed with green fodder and concentrate ration, while sheep in the semi-intensive management system (group B) retained indoors during the night and moved for grazing during the daytime and fed concentrate ration at evening. Maximum yield of milk (P<0.05) was noticed in Kachhi sheep managed under semi-intensive management system compared to sheep reared in intensive management system. However, physical attributes (specific gravity and pH values) were higher (P>0.05) in milk of sheep reared under semi-intensive management system in contrast to sheep kept under intensive management system. Chemical characteristics of milk like (fat and protein) were significantly higher (P<0.05) in milk of sheep reared under semi-intensive management system, while non-significant (P>0.05) difference was observed between the value of lactose and ash contents in milk of Kachhi sheep reared under intensive and semi-intensive management system. Moreover, sensory attributes; taste, color, texture, and overall acceptability of Kachhi sheep milk reared under semi-intensive management system perceived high (P<0.05) score by the panel of judges, whereas non-significant variation was noted in odor/aroma of Kachhi sheep milk managed under intensive and semi-intensive management systems. It could be concluded that Kachhi sheep reared under semi-intensive system had higher milk yield, better physico-chemical quality and excellent organoleptic/sensory attributes compared to the sheep kept under intensive management system.

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Shakeel Ahmed Tunio, Muhammad Naeem, Atique Ahmed Behan, Asmatullah Kaka, Ghulam Shabir Barham, & Gul Bahar Khaskheli. (2022). Impact of Management Systems on Yield and Quality Attributes of Kachhi Sheep Milk. Sindh University Research Journal - SURJ (Science Series), 54(1).


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