Dietary composition affects blood metabolic profile of farm animals. Hemato-biochemical indices serve as clinical indicators for the impact of dietary manipulations on physiological health status. To augment sheep productivity in temperate regions by improving animal health conditions, the present study was undertaken to assess the effect of supplementation of exogenous fibrolytic enzymes (EFE) cocktail and Artemisia absinthium L. (commonly known as wormwood) herb alone and in combination as feed additives on blood metabolic profile in lambs. Crossbred lambs (n = 20) divided into four equal groups of five in each and fed for 90 days followed by 6 days of metabolism trial on oat straw-based complete feeds supplemented with either EFE cocktail (T ) @ 6 g/kg DM or wormwood herb (T ) @ 4.5% of DM or a combination of the two (T ) and complete feed without any 1 2 3 supplementation served as control (T ). Hemato-biochemical parameters of all the animals were studied at 0-, 30-, 60-, and 90- day intervals. The feed additives supplementation improved the nutritive value of diets; however, the significant (P < 0.01) effect for percent digestible crude protein and digestible energy were with T where combination of enzymes and herb
Comparative Clinical Pathology – Springer Journals
Published: May 31, 2018
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