Veterinary Research Communications

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 225–229 | Cite as

Marginal magnesium deficiency as a possible cause of reduced voluntary feed intake in commercially managed dairy cows

  • P. R. Scott
  • J. M. Kelly
  • D. A. Whitaker
  • N. D. Cameron
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Abstract

Blood samples from 4,427 cows in over 300 commercial dairy herds were examined as part of a health monitoring scheme. Preliminary evidence is presented indicating that marginal concentrations of serum magnesium are related to below mean levels of blood urea nitrogen in such a manner as to suggest that marginal magnesium deficiency is a possible cause of reduced voluntary feed intake in cows managed in commercial dairy farming systems.

Keywords

Magnesium Urea Veterinary Medicine Blood Urea Nitrogen Farming System 

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© Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. R. Scott
    • 1
  • J. M. Kelly
    • 1
  • D. A. Whitaker
    • 1
  • N. D. Cameron
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Animal HealthRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Veterinary Field StationEaster Bush, near RoslinUK

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