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Journal of Animal Health and Production

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J. Anim. Health Prod. 5(4): 176-180
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Ajay Ganpatbhai Patel, Nilufar Haque*, Abdul Lateef, Axay Babulal Joshi, Pankaj Ashokbhai Patel

Department of Physiology and Biochemistry, College of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry, Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Sardarkrushinagar, Dantiwada-385506, Gujarat, India.

Abstract | The present study was undertaken to determine the baseline values of some important serum macro-minerals in clinically healthy lactating Kutchi camels during different stages of lactation. The study was carried out on 30 clinically healthy female camels (Camelus dromedarius) from the herd maintained at Camel breeding farm, Dhori (Kutch) and categorized broadly into three groups comprising ten animals in each group: animals in early lactation in Group-I, animals in mid-lactation in Group-II and animals in late lactation in Group-III. The blood samples were collected from each experimental animal and analyzed for serum macro-mineral profile. The results shown that, level of serum calcium was significantly (p < 0.05) decreased from early lactation to late lactation. However, non-significant (p > 0.05) alteration in serum inorganic phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium were observed during different stages of lactation. The findings may be useful to set basal level of macro-minerals of Kutchi camels during different phases of lactation.

Keywords | Kutchi camel, Macro-minerals, Lactation stages, Physiological levels