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Malays. Appl. Biol. (2018) 47(4): 89–93

 

PRELIMINARY OBSERVATION ON FEEDING BEHAVIOUR AND

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF GOATS FOLLOWING

SUPPLEMENTATION OF Sesbania grandiflora LEAVES


AZRUL-LOKMAN, M.1,2*, POUNGPONG, K.2, JITTAPALAPONG, S.3 and PRASANPANICH, S.2


1Animal Husbandry Laboratory, School of Food Science and Technology,

Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, 21030 Kuala Nerus, Terengganu, Malaysia

2Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Kasetsart University,

Bangkhen Campus, 10900 Bangkok, Thailand

3Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kasetsart University,

Bangkhen Campus, 10900 Bangkok, Thailand

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Accepted 10 September 2018, Published online 25 October 2018


ABSTRACT

Sesbania grandiflora from Family Leguminosae is a native plant in Asia and abundantly available in many tropical areas. This preliminary study was conducted as a basic for further study which focusing on utilization of S. grandiflora as natural protein supplementation and non-chemical veterinary disease treatment. In this study, the effects of supplementing the leaves of S. grandiflora were determined on goats in 30 days treatment period. Ten goats were used as experimental animals and equally divided into two groups. Group 1 as a control while Group 2 was supplemented with dried leaves of S. grandiflora. The effects were determined by two stages of observation. Primary stage was determined by lethality occurrence during this treatment period. Meanwhile, for secondary stage, it was determined by feeding behaviour and physical characteristics observation. No lethality was observed among goats in both groups in the experimental period. The feeding behaviour was in normal condition with consistent body weight increment and no abnormalities were detected for physical characteristics of goats. Based on the results, it can be concluded that the supplementation of S. grandiflora leaves in goats is safe.

Key words: Sesbania grandiflora, feeding behaviour, physical characteristics, goats

 

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