The aim of this research was to study the influence of lactation stage and of foaling season on some qualitative aspects of milk in South Italy jenny rearing. Today, jenny milk is difficult to find because donkey’s breeding is not widespread. Jenny milk is used: in pediatric sphere, in patients affected by cow’s milk protein allergy (CMA), as best alternative to human milk in infant food; in geriatric field for the treatment of ageing diseases. Producing
jenny milk could be an interesting, profitable, and alternative activity for farmers, mainly in southern marginal areas.
The aim of this research was to study the influence of lactation stage and of foaling season on some qualitative aspects of milk in South Italy jenny rearing. Milk samples were collected monthly from 23 jennies, that foaled in two different periods: spring and summer. On milk, the following parameters were measured: pH and titratable acidity (TA); protein, fat, lactose, dry matter and ash content; somatic cell count (SCC).
COSENTINO, C., R. PAOLINO, P. FRESCHI, A.M. CALLUSO. 2012. Jenny milk production and qualitative characteristics. Journal of Dairy Science. 95(6): 2910-2915