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Volume 13 (2):93-103, 2009
Blood parameters in lambs fed graded levels of deep-stack broiler litter
M.B. Elemam1, 2 (BSc, MSc), A.M. Fadelelseed1 (BSc, PhD),
K. Abdoun3* (BVSc, PhD), A. M. Salih1 (BVSc, PhD)
1Faculty of Animal Production, University of Khartoum, 2Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources , University of Kassala, 3Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
Elemam MB, Fadelelseed AM, Abdoun K, Salih AM, Blood parameters in lambs fed graded levels of deep-stack broiler litter, Online J Vet Res, 13 (2):93-103, 2009. Hematology and serum biochemistry from 16 lambs fed deep-stack broiler litter was investigated. Four rations containing deep stacked broiler litter at a dose rate of 0%, 15%, 30% and 45% were fed and jugular blood samples were taken at 0, 14th, 45th and 90th days. There was no difference in hematology due to dose with the exception of mean corpuscular volume and total white blood cell count, whereas there was for the day of treatment (except for red blood cell count). Similarly, there were no changes due to dose for serum biochemistry except for triglyceride concentrations whereas there was for time of treatment with the exception of serum Na and globulin concentrations. The dose by time of treatment interaction was different for all hematological and biochemistry. The results suggest that feeding deep-stacked broiler litter up to 45% of the ration may not affect lambs adversely.
Key words: Lambs, nutrition, deep-stack broiler litter, blood composition