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EFFECT OF VITAMIN E SUPPLEMENTATION TO DRY MURRAH BUFFALOES ON DRY MATTER INTAKE, BODY CONDITION SCORE, METABOLIC SHIFTS PRE AND POSTPARTUM

Bhabesh Mili*, Sujata Pandita, Madhu Mohini, Manju Ashutosh and Bharath Kumar B.S.
Division Dairy Cattle Physiology National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal-132 001, India
dr.bhabesh87@gmail.com

Page Range:
556-563
Article ID:
B-2686
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Abstract
This study as designed to evaluate effect of vitamin E supplementation to dry Murrah buffaloes on dry matter intake, body condition score and metabolic shifts pre and postpartum in response to vitamin E supplementation from day -56, relative to parturition. Total twelve numbers of healthy dry Murrah buffaloes were selected from National Dairy Research Institute Murrah herd and randomly distributed in to two groups’ treatment and control consisting six buffaloes in each group. Buffaloes in treatment group were supplemented with 2,000 IU a-tocopheryl acetate/day/head from -56 days prepartum to +21 days postpartum in addition to the control feed. Dry matter intake, body weight and body condition score were recorded at fortnightly interval. Blood samples were taken from each buffalo by jugular vein puncture at weekly interval from day -56 to day +56 relative to parturition. Vitamin E supplemented buffaloes registered significantly higher levels of glucose (P
Keywords
b-HBA, BUN, Dry Murrah buffaloes, NEFA
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