Effect of Different Levels of Milled Flaxseeds on Some Macro Minerals and Testosterone Levels in the Blood Serum of Karadi Male Lambs

Karzan Ahmed*(1) Elham Husain*(1) Chiya Ghareeb(1) and Amez  Muhammad(1)

(1). Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sulaimani, Sulaimani, Iraq.

(*Corresponding author: Elham Husain. E-mail: elhame2011@yahoo.com).

Received: 03/11/2018                                Accepted: 16/12/2018


The objective of current study was to determine the effect of different level of milled flaxseed on some macro minerals (Sodium (Na), phosphorus (P), potassium (K) and chloride (Cl) concentrations and testosterone level (T) in male Karadi lambs. In this study (6) males Karadi lambs were used (Live body weight 26-30 kg and 4-5 months old), which were purchased from a well-known source. The lamps were individually isolated in box (1 x 1.5 m2). Three treatments of milled flaxseed supplementation with optional feeding were conducted on six male lambs. At the beginning of the experiment the lambs were randomly allocated into three treatments (T), two lambs for each treatment. Where: T1 is the control treatment (no milled flaxseed (MF) was added to the feed, T2: contained 4% of (MF), T3: contained 8% of (MF). All the lambs were received an equal daily allowance of concentrated ration (3% of the body weight) over the periods of 10/11/2014 to 13/1/2015. Blood samples were collected via jugular venipuncture. The results indicated that milled flaxseed effect in blood serum for macro minerals (Na, P, K and Cl) and (T) was not significant (P≥0.05). Correlation coefficient among all traits were computed and ranged between (-0.600 to +0.467), the correlation coefficient was not significant macro minerals except between K and Cl that had positive correlation (r= 0.467, P ≤ 0.05). The usage of the milled flaxseed levels in feed intake within normal physiological limits, could led to variation in some macro minerals’ concentration, and also it can also affect the levels of testosterone hormone in blood male Karadi lambs.

Keywords: Flaxseed, Macro minerals, Testosterone, Karadi lambs.

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