Int. J. Biosci.10(5), 165-171, May 2017
Natural feed additives have been a topic of interest as an alternative source in feed supplementation and results healthy animal products and improved performance at less cost as compared to synthetic feed additives. In this regard, an experiment was conducted to study the effects of a various level of supplementary dietary source aniseed (Pimpinella anisum L.) on the productive performance, milk composition and blood biochemical profile of Damani goats. Aniseed supplementation significantly (P<0.05) affected feed intake, body weight gain, milk yield and its composition. Regarding milk composition, significant increase in milk protein, lactose and solid not fat while decrease in milk fat% was observed. Increasing aniseed supplementation significantly increased blood glucose and protein level, while decreased blood cholesterol and triglyceride level. It is concluded that using aniseed as additives in the dairy goats’ diets tend to improve nutrient digestion coefficient and also increase milk quantity and quality.
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