Effect of supplementing Moringa oleifera essential oils on milk quality and fatty acid profile in dairy sheep

DOI: 10.18805/ijar.B-1085    | Article Id: B-1085 | Page : 879-882
Citation :- Effect of supplementing Moringa oleifera essential oils on milk quality and fatty acid profile in dairy sheep.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2020.(54):879-882
H. Selmi, A. Bahri, A. Ferchichi and H. Rouissi houcine_selmi@live.fr
Address : Sylvo – Pastoral Institute, University of Jandouba, Tabarka, Tunisia.
Submitted Date : 30-12-2018
Accepted Date : 29-03-2019


The effect of Moringa oleifera essential oils supplementation on milk quality and fatty acid profile was studied in Sicilo-sarde sheep. Twenty-four Sicilo-Sarde ewes were divided into three homogeneous groups (8 animals per group): the control (C), O-M1 and O-M2 groups. The control group (C) received a basal diet of oats hay with complementation to the reason of 500 g/ewe/day of concentrate feed. While, ewes of the experimental batches (O-M1 and O-M2) received further to the basal diet and concentrate, 0.3 ml and 0.6 ml of Moringa oleifera essential oil (EO), respectively. The performance of the milk has been assigned (P<0.01) by the incorporation of essential oils (EO) of Moringa oleifera and the dose. The Fat content was significantly high (P<0.01) in favor of the group O-M2, while the protein content was statistically comparable (P>0.05) for the three groups. The concentration of urea nitrogen of the milk has been affected by the presence and the dose of EO of Moringa oleifera (P<0.01) in favor of the control group. Milk saturated fatty acids decreases (P<0.01) with the dose of EO, while PUFA, CLA and UFA/SFA were higher for the group (O-M2) (P<0.01). The supplementation of the essential oils of Moringa oleifera has improved milk production and quality of Sicilo-Sarde ewes during lactation period.


Essential oil Milk Moringa oleifera Sheep.


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