Articles | Volume 59, issue 3
Arch. Anim. Breed., 59, 345–349, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-59-345-2016
Arch. Anim. Breed., 59, 345–349, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-59-345-2016

Original study 02 Aug 2016

Original study | 02 Aug 2016

Effect of ground fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum) on feed consumption and milk performance in Anatolian water buffaloes

Taskin Degirmencioglu1, Halil Unal2, Selda Ozbilgin3, and Hasan Kuraloglu2 Taskin Degirmencioglu et al.
  • 1Department of Feed Technology and Animal Nutrition, Karacabey Vocational School, Uludag University, Bursa, 16059, Turkey
  • 2Department of Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, Uludag University, Bursa, 16059, Turkey
  • 3Department of Animal Health and Husbandry, Karacabey Vocational School, Uludag University, Bursa, 16059, Turkey

Abstract. In this study, the effects of a diet including fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seed on feed consumption and milk performance were examined. A total of 24 buffaloes were randomly divided into two groups (12 animals each). The diet containing ground fenugreek seed (GFS) improved total dry matter (13.17–14.00 kg day−1) (P < 0.05) and daily concentrated feed consumption (2.90–3.81 kg day−1) (P < 0.01) and significantly increased milk production (7.34–8.01 kg day−1) (P < 0.01) in Anatolian water buffaloes (AWBs). In future work, the use of other herbs in AWB may be investigated.

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In this study, the effects of a diet including fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seed on feed consumption and milk performance were examined. A total of 24 buffaloes were randomly divided into two groups. The diet containing ground fenugreek seed improved total dry matter and daily concentrated feed consumption and significantly increased milk production in Anatolian water buffaloes (AWBs). In future work, the use of other herbs in AWB may be investigated.