The physico-chemical characteristics and somatic cell count of donkey mammary secretion during the first ten days after foaling were analysed. During this period, a decreasing trend was observed for protein, dry matter and ash levels. The lowest values for lactose and pH were detected in the first hours (4.01 g 100 mL−1 of milk and 6.69 pH units), while the fat showed a peak (3.42 g 100 mL−1 of milk) at 6 h. The highest urea level was at 6 and 12 h (56.18 and 51.55 mg dL−1). Mineral levels changed during the experimental period, except for calcium, zinc and iron. Mean diameter of the fat globules and classes of fatty acids did not show significant differences; however, the n6/n3 ratio was influenced by day of lactation. In conclusion, the colostrum phase in donkeys lasts about 12–24 h, after which the secretion can be considered as transitional milk.

Quality of donkey mammary secretion during the first ten days of lactation

Martini M.
Primo
;
Altomonte I.
Penultimo
;
Salari F.
Ultimo
2020-01-01

Abstract

The physico-chemical characteristics and somatic cell count of donkey mammary secretion during the first ten days after foaling were analysed. During this period, a decreasing trend was observed for protein, dry matter and ash levels. The lowest values for lactose and pH were detected in the first hours (4.01 g 100 mL−1 of milk and 6.69 pH units), while the fat showed a peak (3.42 g 100 mL−1 of milk) at 6 h. The highest urea level was at 6 and 12 h (56.18 and 51.55 mg dL−1). Mineral levels changed during the experimental period, except for calcium, zinc and iron. Mean diameter of the fat globules and classes of fatty acids did not show significant differences; however, the n6/n3 ratio was influenced by day of lactation. In conclusion, the colostrum phase in donkeys lasts about 12–24 h, after which the secretion can be considered as transitional milk.
2020
Martini, M.; Licitra, R.; Altomonte, I.; Salari, F.
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