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4. Incorporation of tulsi (Ocimum
sanctum) Leaf Powder in diet of broilers for quality meat
production - R. D. Lanjewar, A. A. Zanzad, B. N.
Ramteke, Lalmuanpuii, P.E. Taksande and R. B. Patankar
Veterinary World 2(9):340-342
experiment was conducted to study the effect of dietary
supplementation of tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
leaf powder on meat cholesterol and serum lipid profile of
broiler from day old to 42nd day of age. One hundred fifty day
old chicks were distributed into three experimental groups of 50
birds which were further divided into five replicates of 10
birds each. The control (T1 ) group
was fed with standard broiler diet and T2 and T3 were fed
standard broiler diet plus tulsi leaf
powder at the rate of 0.5% and 1% respectively. All the birds
were reared under standard managemental conditions.
The observations were recorded for cholesterol content of meat
and serum lipid profile of broilers. Supplementation of tulsi leaf
powder at the rate of 1% for 42 days showed the significant
decrease (P<0.01) in breast muscle and thigh muscle cholesterol.
Group T2 showed the significant reduction in thigh muscle
cholesterol but not in breast muscle cholesterol. The average
serum total cholesterol was reduced significantly (P<0.01) in T3
group but not in T2. The average serum HDL cholesterol was
increased significantly (P<0.01) in T2 and T3. The average serum
triglycerides were significantly reduced in T2 and T3. But
higher reduction obtained in birds fed with 1% tulsi leaf
powder in diet. The average serum LDL cholesterol was
significantly reduced (P<0.01) in T3 followed by T2 group.
The study concluded that supplementation of tulsi leaf
powder at the rate of 1% in broiler diet for 42 days reduced
meat and blood cholesterol levels of broiler.
words: Broiler, Tulsi,
Serum lipid profile, Meat cholesterol.