Traits of Sheep and Effects of Protein Supplements on Semen Profile in Indigenous Sheep of Bangladesh

Kabirul Islam Khan, Iqbal Hossain, Moksedul Momin, Gous Miah, Nurul Quader, Omar Faruk Miazi

Abstract

Md. Iqbal Hossain1, Md. Kabirul Islam Khan¥1, Md. Moksedul Momin1, Gous Miah1,MdNurul Quader2 and Omar Faruk Miazi1. 2018. Traits of Sheep and Effects of Protein Supplements on Semen Profile in Indigenous Sheep of Bangladesh.

The study was carried out in Chittagong district of Bangladesh with a predesigned well-structured questionnaire to know thebaseline information of indigenous sheep and effects of protein supplementations on fertility. Three iso-caloric but different graded levels of protein containing rations were supplied to the three different groups of sheep in three locations. Themorphometric traits of sheep such as hair length, ear length, tail length, body length and quantitative trait, body weight in the location 3were higher than the other two locations. Hair length of male (1.91±0.01cm) was larger than female whereas the average body length, tail length and body weight of females werehigherto the males. All the correlation values was positive, where the highest value was observed among the body weight, body length and height at withers (r=0.73) and the lowest value was observed in between chest girth and ear length (r=0.25). Considering the qualitative traits percentage of plain coat color, non-pigmented skin color, brown coat color and semi-pendulous ear found maximum than others and the values were 54.21%, 69.16%, 45.79%, 57.01%, respectively. The semen volume, sperm counts, percentages of normal and viable sperm were higher in treatment 2 than the other two groups.The present study concluded that there is an influence of protein supplementation on reproductive performance especially semen profile in ram and this study will create a new horizon of sheep production in Bangladesh.

Keywords

Sheep, Traits, Protein supplements, Semen quality

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