Performance of broilers supplemented with Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus willd.) root powder
D. H. REKHATE, SMITA UKEY AND A. P. DHOK
Department of Animal Nutrition
Post Graduate Institute of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Akola - 444 104 (MS)
(MaharashtraAnimal & FisherySciencesUniversity, Nagpur)
An experiment was conducted to assess the effect of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus willd.) root powder on the performance of broilers. Eighty day-old chicks were randomly distributed in four treatments of two replications in each and reared up to 6 weeks of age on standard managemental conditions. The root powder of Shatavari was added over the basal ration at 0.5 % level (T 2), 1 % level (T 3), 1.5 % level (T 4), where as the T 1 was control basal ration having CP 22 % and ME 2900 kcal/kg of feed. The average body weights at 6 th week of age for T 1, T 2, T 3 and T 4 were 1104.00±61.96, 1256.50±45.84, 1514.50±33.28 and 1560.50±38.43 g, respectively. The body weight gain and feed efficiency varied significantly (P<0.01) between the different treatments and found to be better with increasing level of shatavari root powder. The DM and CP digestibility for T 1, T 2, T 3, T 4 was 64.77±0.67 and 55.45±1.76, 65.59±0.53 and 59.16±1.62, 67.07±0.26and 60.12±1.27, 67.17±0.87and 60.52±1.25, percent, respectively. The birds in all the treatments were in positive nitrogen balance. The blood biochemical profile revealed the significant (P<0.01) rise in haemoglobin, serum total protein and globulin. It was concluded that the supplementation of Shatavari root powder has beneficial effects on body weight gain and feed conversion efficiency and also immunomodualtory effect, indicating improvement in general health condition of birds.