The effect of long-term feeding of olive-pulp silage on blood attributes of two fat-tailed ram breeds

Document Type: Short paper

Authors

1 Graduated from College of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

2 Department of Animal Science, College of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

3 Department of Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

Abstract

The effect feeding olive-pulp silage (OPS) for 120 days on several blood attributes was studied using 16 rams allotted to two diets consisting of 70% corn silage or 70% OPS. Olive-pulp silage feeding resulted in lower serum total protein, alanine aminotransferase, calcium and phosphorus levels and higher glucose concentration compared to the corn silage diet. Body weight and other blood attributes were not affected by OPS feeding. Feeding a diet containing 70% OPS at the maintenance level had no apparent detrimental effect in mature rams.

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