Indian Journal of Animal Research

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D.J. Kalita, B.C. Sarma, B.K. Sarmah
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1Department of Animal Physiology, College of Veterinary Science Assam Agricultural University, Khanapara – 781022, India
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Cite article:- Kalita D.J., Sarma B.C., Sarmah B.K. (2023). EFFECT OF MINERAL SUPPLIMENTATION ON GROWTH, RENTION PERCENTAGE AND SERUM MINERAL PROFILE OF CALVES. Indian Journal of Animal Research. 44(3): 208 - 210. doi: .
Bioavailability trial on mineral balance was conducted in two groups of nondescriptive
calves. Restricted amount of concentrate ration with and without mineral mixture at 2% level
was fed to group-I and group-II respectively. Para (Panicum Purpuream) grass was provided ad
libitum as a source of green. The weight of the animals was recorded at two different
periods – on the day of precondition and at the end of the trial .The dry matter (DM) intake,
voidance of dung and urine was recorded and samples of concentrate, green, dung and urine
were collected daily for analysis. The samples were processed and different elements viz. Ca,
P, Mg, Fe, Cu and Zn were analyzed in concentrate, fodder, dung and urine to know the
percentage of retention. Blood samples were also collected from each animal on the day of
actual trial and at the end of the trial for analysis of mineral concentration. No significant difference
was observed between the two groups in respect of DM intake and growth. However, significantly
(P005) higher retention percentage was recorded in mineral mixture supplemented group.
Blood mineral profile was also observed apparently high in mineral mixture supplemented group
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