Effects of phytogenic feed additives on the reproductive performance of animals

Ayman A. Swelum, Nesrein M. Hashem, Sameh A. Abdelnour, Ayman E. Taha, Husein Ohran, Asmaa F. Khafaga, Khaled A. El-Tarabily, Mohamed E. Abd El-Hack

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The reproductive performance of ruminants is economically significant, and its improvement is a primary goal of the livestock industry to ensure its sustainability. Several approaches have been developed to use phytogenics as feed additives for several proposes, such as reducing methane emissions, and as an alternative to antibiotics. Phytogenics have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and metabolism-regulatory properties, and they are present at high levels in animal feeds. This current review considers the potential use of medicinal herbs on the reproductive performance of animals. The influence of diet on the fertility complications commonly noted in ruminants is of global interest. Although the effects of phytogenics on ruminant digestion and absorption are well-explored, their impact on reproductive performance remains poorly investigated. This review focuses on the influence of phytogenics on semen quality, hormonal profiles, and hematobiochemical indices in male ruminants. Based on available data, phytogenics are perceived to improve oocyte quality, reproductive performance, and pregnancy. However, further more comprehensive research on the benefits and potential hazards of the use of phytogenics is required to improve reproductive performance in ruminants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5816-5822
Number of pages7
JournalSaudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


  • Medicinal herbs
  • Phytogenic feed additives
  • Reproductive performance
  • Ruminants
  • Sperms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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