Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 52 issue 7 (july 2018) : 1082-1086

The effect of phytogenic feed additives on the performance, meat quality and coccidial infection rates of rabbits

Stanislaw Lapiñski, Leszek Gacek, Joanna Gawroñska, Iwona Guja, Jerzy Kowal, Lukasz Migdal, Wladyslaw Migdal, Piotr Niedbala
1<p>Institute of Animal Sciences, University of Agriculture in Krakow,&nbsp;al. Mickiewicza 24/28, 30-059 Krakow, Poland.</p>
Cite article:- Lapi&ntilde;ski Stanislaw, Gacek Leszek, Gawro&ntilde;ska Joanna, Guja Iwona, Kowal Jerzy, Migdal Lukasz, Migdal Wladyslaw, Niedbala Piotr (2017). The effect of phytogenic feed additives on the performance, meat qualityand coccidial infection rates of rabbits . Indian Journal of Animal Research. 52(7): 1082-1086. doi: 10.18805/ijar.v0iOF.8482.

The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of herbal supplementation on rabbits’ health and production parameters. In experiment with herbal food additives, at 90 days of age animals fed with phytogenic additives (oregano, garlic and rosemary) had higher body weight compared to the group fed with coccidiostat. In experiment with herbal water additives (garlic extract or oregano) the phytobiotic supplementation had no effect on weight gains of animals. The highest body weight on slaughter day was obtained by rabbits drank water with garlic extract. Parasitological tests performed at 91 days of age showed that lowest average number of coccidia oocysts per gram of faeces (OPG) in  “garlic” group (48.0 OPG) and the highest in control group (308.6 OPG). The research showed that feed with herbal supplementation is willingly eaten by rabbits, contributes to faster weight gains and has a positive effect on meat quality. 

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