Volume : III, Issue : XII, December - 2013

Effect of L–carnitine supplementation on seminal plasma quality of Iraqi drakes

Hazim J. Al Daraji, Anmar O. Tahir

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This experiment was conducted to determine the effect of different levels of L–carnitine added to drake diets on certain semen plasma characteristics. For that, 48 thirty weeks old Iraqi drakes were divided into 4 equal groups according to the L–carnitine contents added to the diet for 12 weeks (0 mg / kg of diet in control group; T1, 50, 100 and 150 mg / kg diet in the treatment groups T2, T3 and T4, respectively. Semen biochemical characteristics were determined fortnightly. Seminal plasma constituents included in this study were glucose, total protein, cholesterol, aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and alkaline phosphatase (ALP). The L–carnitine treatments (T2, T3 and T4) have induced significant (P < 0.01) decreases in semen plasma concentrations of glucose, total protein and  cholesterol and seminal plasma activity of AST and ALT enzymes during all periods of experiment and also with relation to the overall means of these traits compared to respective control (T1) whereas seminal plasma activity of ALP was significantly (P < 0.01) increased during all periods of experiment and also with respect to the overall means of this trait in comparison with control group (T1). These results suggest that dietary L–carnitine supplementation significantly improve semen plasma constituents included in this study. Therefore, L–carnitine can be used as beneficial tool for improve semen quality of bird males.

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Hazim J. Al-Daraji, Anmar O. Tahir Effect of L-carnitine supplementation on seminal plasma quality of Iraqi drakes Indian Journal of Applied Research, Vol.III, Issue.XII Dec 2013


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