Akbağ H. I., Yüceer Y., Savaş T.

II. International Agricultural, Biological & Life Science Conference, Edirne, Turkey, 1 - 03 September 2020, pp.436-440

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Edirne
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.436-440
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Galactogenic plants are used to increase milk production both in human and lactating animals.

There are a limited numbers of studies in the literature about the use of fenugreek seeds for

increasing ruminant animal’s milk production. This study was aims to determine the effects

of fenugreek seeds on performance of mid lactation goats. For this purpose 20 heads of

Turkish Saanen goats were used as an animal material of the study. The experiment animals

kept in individual cages during the study. The study was carried out on the basis of two group

Control (CON; n=10) was fed with total mixed rations (TMR) while the Fenugreek group

(FG; n=10) was fed with total mixed rations (TMR) and 100 g/day fenugreek seeds. In the

experiment feed intake was recorded daily, body weight, milk yield and milk nutrient

compositions were determined weekly interval. There were no differences between the groups

about daily dry matter, crude protein and metabolizable energy intake (P>0.05). The

fenugreek supplementation did not change live weight (P=0.4940) and milk production

(P=0.9251). But increased 3.5% fat corrected milk yield (FCM). The fenugreek

supplementation was increased milk fat (P<0.0001) and total solids (P=0.0002) concentration.

In conclusion fenugreek seeds supplementation level at 100 g/day was significantly increase

fat concentration in goat’s milk. There is a need for future studies to determine the effects of

supplementing different level of fenugreek seeds and it is effects on milk fatty acid profile.