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Effect of Feeding Lactating Ewes with Moringa oleifera Leaf Extract on Milk Yield, Milk Composition and Preweaning Performance of Ewe/Lamb Pair

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División Académica de Ciencias Agropecuarias, Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco, km 25. Carretera Villahermosa-Teapa, R/A La Huasteca., Colonia Centro Tabasco 86280, Mexico
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Tecnológico Nacional de México, Instituto Tecnológico de Conkal, Conkal, Yucatán 97345, Mexico
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Tecnológico Nacional de México, Instituto Tecnológico de Mérida, km 5 Mérida-Progreso, Mérida, Yucatán 97120, Mexico
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Tecnológico Nacional de México, Instituto Tecnológico de Tizimín, Tizimín, Yucatán 97000, Mexico
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Tecnológico Nacional de México, Instituto Tecnológico de Chiná, Chiná, Campeche 24520, Mexico
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Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Grønnegårdsvej 3, DK-1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
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Animals 2020, 10(7), 1117; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10071117
Received: 15 May 2020 / Revised: 17 June 2020 / Accepted: 24 June 2020 / Published: 29 June 2020
The use of plant extracts as supplemental additives in ruminant diets shows beneficial effects. This study evaluated the effects of different doses of Moringa oleifera leaf extract (MOE) on milk production and milk composition in ewes and on preweaning performance of their lambs. At different doses, MOE supplementation did not affect overall productive traits in ewes and lambs and did not have negative effects on milk production and milk quality.
The objective this study was to evaluate the effect of different doses of Moringa oleifera leaf extract (MOE) on milk production and milk composition in ewes and on preweaning performance of their lambs. Twenty-four lactating ewes were housed individually with their lambs and assigned to four groups in a completely randomized design. The treatments included a basal diet without MOE (MOE0) or a basal diet supplemented with either 20 mL MOE per ewe per day (MOE20), 40 mL MOE per ewe per day (MOE40) or 60 mL MOE per ewe per day (MOE60). Over 45 days, milk production was recorded weekly and individual milk samples were collected for chemical analysis. Milk yield, fat-corrected milk and daily yields were similar among the four treatments. The supply of MOE did not affect ewe weaning efficiency and average daily gain or litter weaning weight of the lambs. Overall, the results from this study showed that dietary supplementation of hydroalcoholic extracts of Moringa oleifera leaves at doses of 20, 40 or 60 mL/ewes/d in lactating ewes does not have negative effects on milk yield, milk composition or lamb performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: performance; lactation; herbal extract; milk composition; milk yield; performance; supplementation in lactating ewes performance; lactation; herbal extract; milk composition; milk yield; performance; supplementation in lactating ewes
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Olvera-Aguirre, G.; Mendoza-Taco, M.M.; Arcos-Álvarez, D.N.; Piñeiro-Vázquez, A.T.; Moo-Huchin, V.M.; Canul-Solís, J.R.; Castillo-Sánchez, L.; Ramírez-Bautista, M.A.; Vargas-Bello-Pérez, E.; Chay-Canul, A.J. Effect of Feeding Lactating Ewes with Moringa oleifera Leaf Extract on Milk Yield, Milk Composition and Preweaning Performance of Ewe/Lamb Pair. Animals 2020, 10, 1117. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10071117

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Olvera-Aguirre G, Mendoza-Taco MM, Arcos-Álvarez DN, Piñeiro-Vázquez AT, Moo-Huchin VM, Canul-Solís JR, Castillo-Sánchez L, Ramírez-Bautista MA, Vargas-Bello-Pérez E, Chay-Canul AJ. Effect of Feeding Lactating Ewes with Moringa oleifera Leaf Extract on Milk Yield, Milk Composition and Preweaning Performance of Ewe/Lamb Pair. Animals. 2020; 10(7):1117. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10071117

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Olvera-Aguirre, Gabriel; Mendoza-Taco, Miriam M.; Arcos-Álvarez, Darwin N.; Piñeiro-Vázquez, Angel T.; Moo-Huchin, Victor M.; Canul-Solís, Jorge R.; Castillo-Sánchez, Luis; Ramírez-Bautista, Marco A.; Vargas-Bello-Pérez, Einar; Chay-Canul, Alfonso J. 2020. "Effect of Feeding Lactating Ewes with Moringa oleifera Leaf Extract on Milk Yield, Milk Composition and Preweaning Performance of Ewe/Lamb Pair" Animals 10, no. 7: 1117. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani10071117

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