28-Title: Effect of aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) supplementation as feed additive on haematological parameters in Murrah buffalo calves
Authors: R Saini, SK Chhikara, S Sahu, S Sihag, DC Yadav and Amandeep
Source: Ruminant Science (2021)-10(2):389-394.
How to cite this manuscript: Saini R, Chhikara SK, Sahu S, Sihag S, Yadav DC and Amandeep (2021). Effect of aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) supplementation as feed additive on haematological parameters in Murrah buffalo calves. Ruminant Science 10(2):389-394.
The present experiment aimed to study the effect of dietary supplementation of fresh aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) leaves, on haematological parameters in Murrah buffalo calves in tropical India. The study was conducted on 15 buffalo calves (3-6 months age) that were divided into 3 groups of 5 calves each based on nearness in age and body weight. The calves were fed different dietary treatments viz. T1 as Control (basal diet), T2 (basal diet with aloe vera leaves @ 2 g/kg BW) and T3 (basal diet with aloe vera leaves @ 4 g/kg BW) according to ICAR (2013) feeding standards for the duration of 90 days. At the monthly interval, blood samples were collected and analyzed for different blood indices (Hb, TEC, TLC, DLC, PCV, MCV, MCH and MCHC). The results of the study indicated that the mean values of TEC, Hb, PCV, TLC, monocyte and lymphocyte were found statistically higher (P<0.05) in T3 group as compared to T1 group. The mean eosinophil and neutrophil percentages were observed significantly lower (P<0.05) in T3 group as compared to T1 group at the end of the study. The mean value of basophil, MCV and MCHC did not differ significantly (P>0.05) during the experiment among the various treatment groups. The increased values of Hb, TLC, TEC, PCV, lymphocyte and monocyte have potentiated the immune system of calves in the higher aloe vera supplemented group and thus resulted in improved overall health.
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