Livestock Studies     (Pages: 028-036)

The Effects of Supplementing Whole Milk with Juniper (Juniperus oxycedrus) Aromatic Water on Growth and General Health Parameters of Holstein Calves

Ali Riza Isik 1 ,Serkan Ozkaya 1

1 Isparta University of Applied Sciences, Agriculture Faculty, Department of Animal Science, Isparta, TURKEY DOI : 10.46897/livestockstudies. 610105 Viewed : 56 - Downloaded : 35 The illness of the calves during the suckling period suppresses the growth of calves and causes them to be removed from the breeders. In the present study, it was investigated whether Juniper aromatic water (JOW) would be suitable for promoting healthy growth performance of suckling Holstein calves. Twelve newborn calves (n=3, in each group) were randomly selected and assigned to the following four treatments: Control, 50, 100 and 200 ml JOW supplemented milk per day. The supplementation of JOW showed an increase in calves` live weight and body measurements. In addition, the supplementation of whole milk with JOW decreased the frequency of occurrence of calves` diarrhea and disease. The best result was observed in the supplementation of whole milk with 50 ml JOW. The findings of the study showed that Juniper aromatic water, a by-product, can be used safely in the healthy rearing of calves. Keywords : Juniper Aromatic water Calf Growth Health Holstein