Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 12, Issue 2,2014
Online ISSN: 1459-0263
Print ISSN: 1459-0255

Protein from lucerne in animals supplement diet


Eliza Gaweł 1 *, Mieczysław Grzelak 2

Recieved Date: 2014-02-11, Accepted Date: 2014-04-20


The ban to use antibiotic-based growth stimulants in the feeding of farm animals is due to the rise of resistance in pathogenic bacteria hazardous to the health and life of man. Therefore, other additives and protein concentrate of plant origin are looked for to satisfy the nutritional needs of animals and to stimulate their immunological systems. Lot of protein, amino acids, vitamins and carotene are necessary during growth and development and increasing body weight, as to cover the needs at domestic cattle, poultry and pigs. The deficit can be covered by a protein concentrate extracted from lucerne, a crop with rich chemical composition and a high yield of protein from unit area. In addition to protein like the whole plants of lucerne, the protein concentrate contains secondary metabolites such as plant phytoestrogens, isoflavones and coumestrol, and antinutritional components, phytates, L-canavanine and saponins. Protein and xanthophylls and other chemical constituents occurring in lucerne concentrate as a natural fodder additive positively affect the organism of animals. Its addition to the animal diet brought about better production results, increased feed efficiency, and improved the quality of meat, milk and eggs. There was also a reduction in methane emissions and environmental contamination of the soil with nitrogen compounds.


Protein concentrate of lucerne, chemical composition of lucerne, nutritive and fodder value of lucerne, saponins, L-canavanine, flavonoids, lipids and lipophilic compounds, amino acids, xantophylls and carotenes, effect of an lucerne concentrate in animal nutrition, retention of N, hematological parameters of the blood, biochemical parameters of blood serum

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2014
Volume: 12
Issue: 2
Category: Agriculture
Pages: 314-319

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