Effect of Herbal Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) as Feed Additive on Body Weight and Biochemical Parameters in Tropical Buffalo Calves
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Keywords:Aloe vera, Buffalo calves, Cholesterol, Glucose, Protein
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of dietary herb aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) on body weight and biochemical parameters in buffalo calves in tropical India. The study was conducted on 15 buffalo calves (3-6 months age) that were divided into 3 groups of 5 calves each. The calves were fed different dietary treatments viz.T1 as Control (basal diet), T2 (basal diet with aloe vera leaves @ 2 g/Kg BW) and T3 (basal diet with aloe vera leaves @ 4 g/Kg BW) for 90 days according to ICAR(2013) feeding standards. At monthly interval, blood samples were collected and serum was separated to estimate different biochemical parameters and body weight was recorded at fortnightly interval. The results of study indicated that the SGOT, SGPT, total protein and globulin in serum were highest in T3 group followed by T2group and were found lowest in T1 (Control group) and differ significantly (P<0.05) in T3 as compared to T1. There was significant decrease (P<0.05) in the mean serum cholesterol and glucose values in treatment group T3 as compared to control group T1. The body weight of buffalo calves was also found significantly higher (P<0.05) for T3 as compared to T1.Therefore, dietary supplementation of fresh aloe vera leaves at 4g/kg BW in diet of buffalo calves resulted in improved overall health of buffalo calves.
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