Articles | Volume 65, issue 4
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04 Nov 2022
Original study |  | 04 Nov 2022

The effect of fenugreek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum) supplementation on the performance and milk yield characteristics of dairy goats

Hande Işıl Akbağ, Türker Savaş, and Yonca Karagül Yüceer

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This study aimed to determine the effect of fenugreek seed supplementation on milk yield and milk quality characteristics in dairy goats. The goats' milk yield was not affected by fenugreek seed supplementation, whereas an increased milk fat content and decreased serum cholesterol and triglyceride level were observed. Fenugreek seed supplementation increased the oleic acid, elaidic acid, and arachidonic acid concentrations and changed the volatile compounds found in milk.