Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Turkish Journal of Veterinary and Animal SciencesVitamin Status in Yearling Rams with Growth Failure
1Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van - TURKEY
2Özalp Vocational School, Yüzüncü Yıl University, Van - TURKEY
Abstract: This study was performed to investigate the serum levels of vitamins in yearling rams with growth failure. A total of 70 yearling rams of Akkaraman breed, 50 of which were classified as growth-failure with an average body weight of 37.30 ± 1.1 kg (test) and the remaining 20 were classified as normal with an average body weight of 67.80 ± 2.2 kg (control), were included in the study. There were significant differences between the yearling rams with and without growth failure in terms of serum levels of vitamin C, b-carotene, and vitamins A and E (P < 0.001, P < 0.01, P < 0.001, and P < 0.001, respectively). The levels of all analyzed vitamins were lower compared to controls in yearling rams with growth failure.
Key Words: Growth failure, vitamin, yearling rams
Turk. J. Vet. Anim. Sci. 2007; 31: 407-409.
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