Comparison of a Polyherbal Mixture with a Rumen-Protected Lysine on Lamb Growth, Protozoan Count and Blood Chemistry


Augusto Lizarazo Chaparro , Angelica Lorenzana Moreno , Maria de la Torre Hernandez , Fernando Plata Perez , German Mendoza Martinez ,

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The objective of this study was to compare doses of a polyherbal mixture (Phaseolus mungo with Linum usitatissimum, OptiLysine® from Nuproxa México, Indian Herbs) and from rumen-protected lysine (RPL; AjiPro®-L) on lamb growth, changes in rumen protozoa and blood biochemistry. Fifty-six Pelibuey x East Friesian lambs (initial live weight 21.97 kg ± 4.29) were randomly assigned to treatments consisting of a control group, or three daily doses of lysine sources: polyherbal mixture (5, 10 and 15 g/d) and RPL (5, 10 and 15 g/d) dosed daily orally for 45 days. The lambs were fed individually with a basal ration (13.2% CP, 2.26 Mcal ME/kg) with an estimated duodenal flow in the basal diet of 6.45 g/d of lysine and 2.32 g/d of methionine. The doses of both sources did not affect the productive performance with the exception of the intake that showed a quadratic response with the RPL (p<0.05). The polyherbal mixture linearly stimulated the Entodinios population (p<0.10) and reduced the Holotrichs population (p<0.05), while the RPL linearly reduced the Holotrichs population (p<0.05). In blood biochemistry, the polyherbal mixture only affected lactic dehydrogenase (quadratic effect p<0.05) and RPL increased alkaline phosphatase (linear p<0.05) and decreased globulin (quadratic effect p<0.05). The results indicate that the polyherbal mixture and the rumen protected lysine did not improve the growth of the lambs, but the protozoan populations of the rumen were affected.


Lambs, Lysine, Feed plant additive


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