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Growth, feed efficiency and blood profile of buffalo calves consuming high levels of fluoride

Growth and blood metabolites in buffaloes fed high fluoride


Twelve male buffalo calves of 10 to 12 months of age were divided into 3 groups of four each. They were fed wheat straw+concentrate mixture +3 Kg greens. The chemical composition of the diet was same in all the three groups except fluoride which was added (as NaF) in concentrate mixture of group B and C to make the final fluoride concentration 30 ppm and 60 ppm respectively. The animals were kept on scheduled diet for a period of 90 days. Body weights were recorded at the start of the experiment and at fortnightly interval thereafter. Analysis of data revealed that the dry matter intake decreased non significantly in group B and C as compared to control group. A significant decrease in serum calcium and a significant increase in phosphorus concentration were observed in group C animals. A significant increase was observed in alkaline phosphatase activity in group C animals. A non significant decrease was observed in T4 values in group C animals. On the basis of these results it could be concluded that fluoride in the diet of buffalo calves @ 30 ppm is a safe level whereas 60 ppm has affected the blood metabolites.

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Madan, J., Puri, J.P. & Singh, J.K. Growth, feed efficiency and blood profile of buffalo calves consuming high levels of fluoride. Trop Anim Health Prod 41, 295–298 (2009).

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  • Buffalo
  • Enzyme
  • Fluoride
  • Growth
  • Minerals
  • Thyroid hormones