Sunday, 24 June 2018

Mustard and cumin seeds improve feed utilisation, milk production and milk fatty acids of Damascus goats.

J Dairy Res. 2018 May;85(2):142-151. doi: 10.1017/S0022029918000043. Epub 2018 Feb 26. Morsy TA1, Kholif AE1, Matloup OH1, Abu Elella A2, Anele UY3, Caton JS4. Author information 1 Dairy Science Department,National Research Centre,33 Bohouth St. Dokki, Giza,Egypt. 2 Animal Production Research Institute, Agriculture Research Center,Dokki, Giza,Egypt. 3 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University,Greensboro, NC 27411,USA. 4 Animal Sciences Department,North Dakota State University,PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050,USA. Abstract The experiments reported in this Research Paper aimed to study the effects of mustard and cumin seeds inclusion on feed utilisation, milk production, composition, and profile of milk fatty acids in lactating Damascus goats. The study was a completely randomised design with repeated measurements in time using fifteen goats (6 ± 2 d of lactation) divided into 3 treatments (5 goats per treatment). Goats were offered a control diet of berseem clover and concentrates (1 : 1 dry matter (DM) basis) or the control diet supplemented with either 10 g/d of dried mustard seeds (mustard treatment) or 10 g/d of cumin seeds (cumin treatment) for 12 weeks. Treatments had no effect (P > 0·05) on feed intake, but enhanced (P < 0·05) digestibility of DM, organic matter, non-structural carbohydrates, and fibre fractions. Digestibility was greater (P < 0·001) with cumin treatment compared with mustard treatment. Mustard and cumin seeds had greater (P < 0·05) ruminal total short chain fatty acids (SCFA) production, and molar proportion of propionate, with greater (P < 0·001) SCFA production for cumin vs. mustard treatment. Mustard and cumin seeds increased (P < 0·05) concentrations of serum total proteins, globulin, and glucose and lowered (P < 0·05) serum cholesterol concentration. Mustard and cumin seeds inclusion elevated milk production (P = 0·007), while cumin increased milk contents (P < 0·05) of fat and lactose. Cumin treatment lowered (P < 0·05) milk saturated fatty acids (SFA) and had greater total unsaturated fatty acids (UFA) and total conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) contents. Overall, supplementing diets of Damascus goats with mustard or cumin seeds at 10 g/daily enhanced feed digestion, ruminal fermentation, milk yield (actual production by 6·8 and 11·1%, and energy corrected milk yield by 10·1 and 15·4%, respectively) and positively modified milk fatty acid profile with a 3·9% decrease in milk individual and total SFA, and an increase in individual and total UFA by about 9·7%, and total CLA by about 23·1%. KEYWORDS: Dairy Damascus goat; feed utilisation; lactational performance; phytogenic feed additives; secondary metabolites