Effects of Onions-Ginger Mix Supplementation on Motility of Local Breeder Cock Spermatozoa

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  • I. P. Ogbuewu Federal University of Technology, PMB 1526, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
  • A. Nwaele Federal University of Technology, PMB 1526, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
  • T. C. Iwuji Federal University of Technology, PMB 1526, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Keywords:

Phytoadditives, onions, ginger, breeder cocks, spermatozoa

Abstract

A 35 - day trial was conducted to investigate the effect of dietary onion-ginger mix supplementation on motility of Nigerian local breeder cock spermatozoa. Thirty six local breeder cocks were divided into 2 treatment groups (T1 and T2) of 18 cocks each, and each group replicated thrice. Birds on T1 treatment (control group) received basal diet supplemented with 0 g onions and 0 g ginger per 300 g dry matter (DM) feed for 3 weeks while those in group T2 received basal diet supplemented with 5 g onions and 5 g ginger per 300 g per DM feed in completely randomized design. Semen was collected from the breeder cocks and two aliquots were taken from each ejaculate, one analyzed for sperm motility immediately after collection and the other three hours later. Semen samples for analysis were obtained from two cocks from each replicate and data obtained analyzed statistically. Results revealed that birds on diet T2 had the highest sperm forward motility compared with birds on diet T1 (88.75vs.77.50%; p0.5) compared with those on diet T1. Results of semen analysis after 3 hours of collection showed that sperm forward motility and active motile cells were higher for birds on diet T2 compared with birds on diet T1, though the observed difference was not significant (p>0.05). Birds on diet T2 produced spermatozoa with reduced sluggish motile and non-motile sperm compared with cocks on diet T1. It can be concluded that supplementation of local breeder cock’s diet with 5 g each of onions and ginger per 300 g DM feed improved sperm forward motility and active motile cells and reduced spermwith non-motile and sluggish cells.

Author Biographies

I. P. Ogbuewu, Federal University of Technology, PMB 1526, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Department of Animal Science and Technology

A. Nwaele, Federal University of Technology, PMB 1526, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Department of Animal Science and Technology

T. C. Iwuji, Federal University of Technology, PMB 1526, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

Department of Animal Science and Technology

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2024-07-09

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Ogbuewu, I. P., Nwaele, A., & Iwuji, T. C. (2024). Effects of Onions-Ginger Mix Supplementation on Motility of Local Breeder Cock Spermatozoa. Nigerian Journal of Animal Production, 130–133. Retrieved from https://njap.org.ng/index.php/njap/article/view/4397

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