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Effect of Dietary Antioxidant Supplementation on the Semen Quality Characteristics of Turkeys

J. Sandhanu, G. Srinivasan, A.V. Omprakash, Karu. Pasupathi and G.H. Hudson

Department of Poultry Science, Madras Veterinary College, TANUVAS, Chennai- 600 007, Tamil Nadu

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal January 2020: 97 (1) - pages 39 to 41
(Received: June, 2019, Accepted: August, 2019)


Twenty four numbers of turkey toms, randomized into four treatment groups (TI, T2, T3 and T4) were used for this study. T1 (control) received standard male breeder turkey diet whereas, T2 ,T3, T4 treatment groups received standard diet supplemented with 200 mg of tocopherol-acetate/ kg diet, 0.3 mg of inorganic selenium/kg diet and 100 mg of tocopherol-acetate & 0.15 mg selenium /kg diet respectively. Semen quality parameters like pH, semen volume, spermatozoa motility, concentration, livability and abnormality were analyzed. The results revealed that dietary addition of antioxidants signicantly improved the spermatozoa concentration, spermatozoa livability and percent normal spermatozoa in turkeys.

Key Words: Selenium , Semen quality, Tocopherol, Turkey

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