Acta Veterinaria Eurasia
Original Article

Addition of Medium-Chain Fatty Acids to Lamb Diets: Effects on Performance, Rumen Characteristics, Blood and Carcass Parameters


Department of Animal Nutrition and Nutritional Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, İstanbul, Turkey

Acta Vet Eurasia 2021; 47: 169-178
DOI: 10.5152/actavet.2021.21030
Read: 352 Downloads: 228 Published: 13 September 2021

This experiment was carried out to investigate the effect of medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) supplementation on feed intake, animal performance, rumen characteristics, blood lipid metabolites, and carcass parameters in Kivircik lambs. Lambs were allocated into three groups (eight lambs/treatment) and the experimental groups were as follows: Control, 10MCFA (1.0 g MCFA/kg feed) and 18MCFA (1.8 g MCFA/kg feed). On days 0, 28, and 56, lambs were weighed and rumen and blood samples were collected, and all lambs were slaughtered on day 56. According to the results obtained in the present study, animal performance was not affected by the dietary treatment (p > .05). There was no difference in rumen pH but the concentrations of rumen ammonia (on day 56) and propionic acid level (on days 28 and 56) were lower in 18 MCFA lambs measured at 3 hours after feeding (p > .05). Under the conditions and duration of this study, supplementing diets with MCFA did not affect lamb performance and carcass parameters but affected rumen fermentation parameters.

Cite this article as: Akçin, D., & Demirel, G. (2021). Addition of medium-chain fatty acids to lamb diets: Effects on performance, rumen characteristics, blood and carcass parameters. Acta Veterinaria Eurasia, 47, 169–178.

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