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Effects of dietary olive leaves on performance, carcass traits, meat stability and antioxidant status of fattening Mahabadi male kids

Jabalbarezi Hukerdi, Y., Fathi Nasri, M.H., Rashidi, L., Ganjkhanlou, M., Emami, A.
Meat science 2019 v.153 pp. 2-8
alfalfa, antioxidant activity, antioxidants, blood serum, carcass characteristics, diet, finishing, glucose, glutathione peroxidase, growth performance, kidding, kids (goats), leaves, longissimus muscle, males, malondialdehyde, meat, olives
Twenty-four Mahabadi goat kids (5–6 months of age) were used to evaluate the effects of feeding olive leaves (OL) on performance, carcass traits and antioxidant status. The kids received three dietary treatments for 84 d with three levels of OL: 0 (control), 7.5 (OL7.5) and 15 (OL15) % (DM basis). Supplementation with OL had no effects on kid performance (P > 0.05). Total antioxidant capacity (TAC) was increased and malondialdehyde (MDA) concentration was decreased in plasma blood (P < 0.01) and Longissimus lumborum (LL) muscle (days 1, 4, 7 and 10) of kids (P < 0.01) with increasing level of OL in diet. The activity of glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) in LL muscle was increased (P < 0.05) in OL15 fed kids compared with control group. Also, glucose content of serum was decreased by adding OL to kid diets (P < 0.01). Finally, inclusion of OL to kid diets resulted in similar growth performance compared to alfalfa feeding, and improved the antioxidative potential of LL muscle.