Haematology and some serum biochemistry of apparently healthy Muturu and Bunaji breeds of cattle in Benue State, Nigeria
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The haematological and serum biochemical values of 100 Muturu cattle and 100 Bunaji cattle were studied in two local government areas of Benue State, Nigeria. Haematocrit, red blood cell count, haemoglobin, total white blood cell count, lymphocyte and monocyte counts were significantly higher in Muturu cattle than the Bunaji cattle. However, there were no significant differences in the mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular haemoglobin, neutrophil, eosinophil, and basophil counts, albumin, urea, alanine aminotransferase and alkaline phosphatase in the two breeds of cattle. Lower values of mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration and platelet counts were observed in the Muturu cattle. Similarly, total protein and globulin values were significantly lower in Bunaji than Muturu cattle while the converse is the case with aspartate aminotransferase. The haematological parameters of the two breeds were within the recognized reference intervals for cattle. This study reports for the first time the haematological and some biochemical parameters for Muturu cattle in Benue State.
KeywordsMuturu Bunaji Haematology Serum biochemistry
The authors wish to acknowledge the assistance of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, University of Agriculture, Makurdi. We are equally grateful to Mrs. Funke Momoh and Mr. James Onoja for technical assistance in the laboratory work, and Dr. Teryima Mbatsorun for logistic assistance in the course of the survey work.
Conflict of interest
There were no conflicts of interests of any kind in the study design, collection, analysis and interpretation of data, writing of the manuscript, or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.
All applicable international, national, and/or institutional guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.
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