EFFECT OF ADDING GINGER ROOTS POWDER TO THE RATIONS OF AWASSI LAMBS IN SOME PRODUCTIVE AND PHYSILOGICAL PARAMETERS UNDER LOCAL CONDITION OF NINEVEH PROVINCE

Abstract

Twenty four(12 male and 12 female) Awassi lambs aged (3.5-4 months) with average weights 22.75±0.34 Kg. ,were assigned into three main groups (8 lambs / group),each main group was divided into two sub groups(4 male or 4female/group) according to their live body weight.All groups of animals were fed on iso-nitrogen and iso-caloric diets, the 1st group was fed on ration without ground Ginger(control ration),while 2nd and 3rd group were fed on standard ration contained either 15 or 30 g.ground ginger/Kg.dry matter, respectively, for four months. Results indicat-ed that average daily gain, total gain, final weight, different body dimensions, red and white cell count, hemoglobin , packed cell volume, lymphocyte and netrophil cell percentages, total protein, globulin AST and ALP were increased significantly (P≤0.05), while the percentage of acidophil and netrophils cells, glucose and ALT were decreased significantly (P≤0.05) in blood lambs fed 2nd and 3rd treatment that contained 15 and 30g.ground ginger roots /Kg.dry matter, respectively as compared to those fed 1st treatment (control ration).Also lamb sex and age had significantly (P≤0.05) effect some studied parameters. It was concluded that adding of ground ginger roots had improved some productive and physiological parameters.