Effect of dietary inclusion of mustard plant  on lipid profile, thyroid hormones and liver health of Arabi sheep

4.Title: Effect of dietary inclusion of mustard plant  on lipid profile, thyroid hormones and liver health of Arabi sheep

Authors: Tahereh Mohammadabadi

Source: Ruminant Science (2019)-8(2):169-172.

How to cite this manuscript: Mohammadabadi Tahereh (2019). Effect of dietary inclusion of mustard plant on lipid profile, thyroid hormones and liver health of Arabi sheep. Ruminant Science 8(2):169-172.


An experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of feeding mustard (Sinapis arvensis) plant on blood lipids, thyroid hormones and liver enzymes of the Arabi sheep. Arabi sheep (n=8) of about one year age with an average body weight of 25±5 kg were divided into two equal groups using completely randomized design and fed either an alfalfa-based control diet or mustard plant as a replacement of alfalfa in the treatment group. The experimental diets were fed for a period of 45 days using 50:50 ratio of forage to concentrate. After completing the feeding trial blood parameters were measured. Results showed that blood urea in the group receiving mustard plant diet was less (P<0.05) than the control group (13.4 and 16.13 mg/dl, respectively). The blood triglyceride value increased due to use of mustard plant (18.33 and 11.4 mg/dl, respectively) as compared to control values, whereas, glucose, cholesterol, HDL and LDL didn’t change (P>0.05) due to treatment. Also, the effect of using mustard plant on hormones T3, T4, TSH and enzymes aspartate and alanine amino transferase were not significant (P <0.05). It may be concluded that use of the mustard plant in the diet of Arabi sheep did not affect on most of the blood lipid profile, thyroid hormones and liver enzymes, therefore it may be replaced by 25% of the alfalfa in the diet of sheep.


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