2. STUDY ON SOME BIOCHEMICAL INDICES IN EWES IN RELATION TO PHYSIOLOGICAL AND NUTRITIONAL STATUS by ANEES AHMAD SHAH, HILAL MUSADIQ KHAN AND M.T. BANDAY

  • ANEES AHMAD SHAH
Keywords: Ewes, Blood, Biochemical, Indices.

Abstract

A study was conducted to study the variation in some blood biochemicals in ewes under different nutritional plans during peri-partum period. 40 healthy Corriedale ewes in the last month of gestation (day 120) were selected randomly and allotted to 4 groups (control, T1, T2 and T3) of 10 animals each such that the average body weights between the groups did not differ significantly. The ewes were maintained under stall feeding conditions and offered a daily ration consisting of oats hay @ 1.25kg/head/day and commercial pelleted feed @ 500g/head/day during peri-partum period (one month pre-partum to one month post-partum). Ewes in treatment groups T1, T2 and T3 were offered an additional supplement of concentrate (pelleted feed) @100, 200 and 300g/head/day while as no additional supplement was offered to control ewes.  Serum glucose increased during the last month of gestation and then showed a decline. Level of glucose was significantly (p<0.05) higher in T3 than control both on the day of parturition (57.05 vs. 52.44 mg/dl) and on day 30 post-partum (53.58 vs. 46.80 mg/dl). Blood total protein continued to drop throughout the peri-partum period and was significantly (p<0.05) higher in T3 (6.31g/dl) and T2 (5.83g/dl) than control (4.97g/dl) on day 30 post-partum. Serum albumin level was significantly (p<0.05) higher in T3 than control both on the day of parturition (3.30 vs. 3.06 g/dl) and on day 30 post-partum (2.46 vs. 2.12 g/dl) while as the serum globulin did not vary significantly. It is concluded that blood biochemical parameters of the ewes show variation during different physiological states of the animal which could be suitably utilized to predict the nutritional status of the animal.

Author Biography

ANEES AHMAD SHAH

ANEES AHMAD SHAH*, HILAL MUSADIQ KHAN AND

 M.T. BANDAY

SHER-E-KASHMIR UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY, SHUHAMA ALUSTENG,

DIVISION OF LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT, KASHMIR-190 006.

Corresponding author’s e-mail:  aneesvet5@gmail.com

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Published
2017-06-29