29-Title: Effect of dietary inclusion of garlic (Allium sarivum) on voluntary feed intake, nutrient utilization, and haemato-biochemical profile of goat
Authors: Y Chouhan, AK Patil, N Kurechiya, Madhu Shivhare, R Aich, DS Yadav and Anchal Keshari
Source: Ruminant Science (2022)-11(2):397-402.
How to cite this manuscript: Chouhan Y, Patil AK, Kurechiya N, Shivhare Madhu, Aich R, Yadav DS and Keshari Anchal (2022). Effect of dietary inclusion of garlic (Allium sarivum) on voluntary feed intake, nutrient utilization, and haemato-biochemical profile of goat. Ruminant Science 11(2):397-402.
This experiment was conducted to study the effect of garlic (Allium sativum) supplementation on voluntary feed intake, nutrient utilization, and the haemato-biochemical profile of goats. Twelve non-descript goat kids of approximately similar age and body weight (14.06±1.78 kg were selected and randomly allotted into two equal groups (n=6) on the basis of body weight. The kids were housed in a goat shed, having facilities for individual feeding and watering. All kids were maintained on a common feeding regime consisting of a concentrate mixture, gram straw, and green as per the nutrient requirements given by ICAR (2013). The kids in group T0 were not given any supplement (control). In addition to control diet, kids in group T1 were given garlic powder @ 250 mg/kg BW for 90 days. All feed samples were analysed for proximate composition as per the standard procedures (AOAC, 2019). At the end of experimental feeding, a digestion trial of seven days was conducted to assess the nutrient utilization of kids. The obtained results indicated that garlic supplementation has significantly (P<0.05) improved the digestibility of DM, OM, CP, CF, ADF, and NDF. The voluntary feed intake was statistically similar in both groups. The haemato-biochemical parameters like Hb, PCV, RBC, WBC, platelets, glucose, TP, albumin, globulin, and A: G ratio were statistically comparable between the groups. From the results, it can be concluded that the garlic (Allium sativum) supplementation improved nutrient utilization and had no adverse effect on the haemato-biochemical profile of goats.
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