Response of plantain (Plantago lanceolata L.) supplementation on nutritional, endo-parasitic, and endocrine status in lambs
MM Reza, MRA Redoy, MA Rahman, S Ety, MA Alim, L Cheng, M Al-Mamun
TROPICAL ANIMAL HEALTH AND PRODUCTION | SPRINGER | Published : 2021
The aim of the present study was to assess the effects of plantain herb (Plantago lanceolata L.) supplementation on growth, plasma metabolites, liver enzymatic activity, hormonal status, gastrointestinal parasites, and carcass characteristics of lambs. A total of 24 lambs, aged 6 months weighing 8.0 ± 0.5 kg were randomly allocated to one of two dietary treatments: (1) CL diet-roadside grass and concentrate mixture; (2) PL diet-CL diet + 5% fresh plantain supplementation on a DM basis. The PL diet group exhibited 23% higher (P = 0.01) average daily gain and 15% improved (P = 0.03) feed conversion efficiency. Circulating cholesterol concentrations were suppressed by 9% (P = 0.03), and liver e..View full abstract
Awarded by Project Implementation Unit, National Agricultural Technology Program: Phase II Project, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council
The authors gratefully acknowledge the Project Implementation Unit, National Agricultural Technology Program: Phase II Project, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council for funding (Fund no. PIU-NATP-II, CRG, ID-719) and also would like to acknowledge Dr. Yoshifumi Tamura for providing plantain seeds.