Blood Profile of Red Sokoto Bucks fed Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) as Feed Additive of A Digitaria Smutsii Basal Diet

  • Ibrahim, U.M. National Animal Production Research Institute, Shika, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Lakpini, C.A.M. National Animal Production Research Institute, Shika, Zaria, Nigeria
  • Abdu, S.B. Department of Animal Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
  • Musa, A. Department of Animal Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Keywords: Ginger, Additive, Red Sokoto bucks, blood profile


A study was conducted to evaluate the effect of inclusion levels of ginger (Zingiber officinale) on blood profile of Red Sokoto bucks (RSB). A total of twenty-four (24) bucks weighing on the average 17.86 kg were used for the experiment. The animals were divided in to four groups, with six animals per group and randomly assigned to four dietary treatments, containing 0, 250, 500 and 750 g/100 kg diet levels of ginger, respectively in a completely randomized experimental design. Each of the animals were fed concentrate at 1.5% and Digitaria smutsii hay at 2.5% of body weight, respectively. Dry ginger used was sourced from Samaru local market in Zaria and ground into powder using milling machine before inclusion. The data collected from the study were subjected to analysis of variance using the SAS statistical package. Treatment means were compared using the Duncan Multiple Range Tests. Results obtained showed that hematological values of PCV were significantly affected (P<0.05) by ginger inclusion with groups fed diet containing 250 g and 750 g ginger recording higher values (32.87%) each. No significant (P>0.05) differences were recorded among the treatments in hemoglobin, white blood cell and red blood cell counts. The haematological parameters of White blood cell and Red blood cell (11.93- 13.17(×109 /l) and 7.73-8.80(×1012/l)) were slightly higher than the normal reference values for healthy goats. Biochemical parameters in terms of total protein (TP) and albumin were statistically similar (P>0.05) across the dietary treatments with numerically higher TP value recorded in animals fed diets containing 750 g ginger. Other biochemical parameters (globulin, urea and creatinine) were significantly affected (P<0.05) by ginger inclusion levels. Albumin values (2.67 - 3.20g/dl) were slightly higher than the normal range of values for healthy goats. Ginger inclusion levels of 750 g/100 kg diet resulted in bucks with more normal blood values.


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Ibrahim, U.M., Lakpini, C.A.M., Abdu, S.B., & Musa, A. (2022). Blood Profile of Red Sokoto Bucks fed Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) as Feed Additive of A Digitaria Smutsii Basal Diet. Nigerian Journal of Animal Science and Technology (NJAST), 5(4), 1 - 8. Retrieved from