Articles | Volume 59, issue 3
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 Degirmencioglu, Halil Unal, Selda Ozbilgin, and Hasan Kuraloglu

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Short summary
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.