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