Effects of Adding Dry Mulberry Leaves (Morusalba) in the Concentrate Diet on Digestibility and Some Blood Parameters in Female Goats
Keywords:goat, Mulberry leaves, cholesterol, performance, digestibility, leucocytes
This experimental study was conducted at the animal farm of the College of Veterinary Medicine of
Baghdad University during the period 15/3/2019 until 30/4/2019. Fourteen female local breed goats, at
aged between 1.5–2 years and range weight 23–27kg.The animals were divided into two equal groups as
following G1(control) was fed on concentrate diet 2% B.W and alfa - alfa hay .G2 group was fed the same
diet and 2% grinding Mulberry leaves of concentrate diet .water was offered freely. For evaluation some
animal performance. Bodyweight, some nutrients digestibility, blood picture and biochemical parameters.
Results revealed that an excellent improvement was observed in body weight and nutrients digestibility
were significantly (P<0.05). Similar effects in blood biochemical parameters (total protein and urea),
while no differences were determined in triglycerides and cholesterol. other blood parameters showed that
hemoglobin (Hb) and packed cell volume (PCV) which were significantly higher (P <0.05) and further
improved in erythrocytes, leucocytes, lymphocytes and neutrophils in the group received Mulberry leaves
than control groups.
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