Effect of Aqueous Extract of Datura Stramonium Seed on Spermiograms of West African Dwarf Bucks
Effect of aqueous extract of Datura stramonium on the spermiogramic parameters of West African Dwarf (WAD) bucks were investigated in a trial involving twenty bucks aged between 10 and 13 months and weighed 8.37 +1.23kg. The bucks were randomly grouped into 5 treatments consisting of 0, 7.5, 15, 22.5 and 30ml/kg b.w/animal/day in a completely randomized design. The extract was administered orally for ten consecutive days. The results showed that some important spermiogramic parameters such as mass activity, progressive sperm motility, and sperm concentration followed similar trend and the values increased with increasing levels of the extract (P<0.05). The results also showed that primary abnormalities located in the head, midpiece and tail were similar among the treatment groups. The findings of this study indicate that aqueous extract of Datura stramonium had a spermiogramic improving action demonstrated by the increase in mass activity, progressive sperm motility and sperm concentration.
Keywords: Bucks, Datura stramonium, extract, spermiograms