Variations in some haemato-biochemical markers from a small flock of free ranging Nguni, Boer and Non-descript goats during late gestation and early lactation periods

DOI: 10.18805/ijar.B-865    | Article Id: B-865 | Page : 476-481
Citation :- Variations in some haemato-biochemical markers from a small flock of free ranging Nguni, Boer and Non-descript goats during late gestation and early lactation periods.Indian Journal Of Animal Research.2019.(53):476-481
Emrobowansan M. Idamokoro, Voster Muchenje, Anthony J. Afolayan and Patrick J. Masika
Address : Faculty of Science and Agriculture, Department of Livestock and Pasture Science, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa
Submitted Date : 22-11-2017
Accepted Date : 8-04-2018


This study aimed to assess the influence of genotype and physiological status on blood metabolites of Nguni (10), Boer (10) and Non-descript (10) goats during late gestation and early lactation periods. Blood samples were collected and analysed using standard methods. The result revealed that, Nguni goat had higher (P < 0.05) mean values of red cell counts (13.37 x1011/L), haemoglobin (9.07 g/dL) and creatine kinase (269.54 U/L) compared to Boer (9.96 x 1011/L, 7.94 g/ dL and 132.16 U/L) and Non-descript (12.98 x 1011 /L, 7.85 g/ dL and 143.50 U/L) goats, respectively. The Nguni goat also had higher mean values of glucose (3.38 mmol/L) and urea content (5.51 mmol/L) compared to Boer goats (2.96 mmol/L and 4.45 mmol/L) and Non-descript (2.50 mmol/L and 3.90 mmol/L). There was higher mean values of red cell counts (14.44 x 1011 /L), haemoglobin (8.57 g/dL), glucose (3.12 mmol/L), sodium (141.74 mmol/L) and calcium content (2.37 mmol/L) during late gestation compared to early lactation (9.77 x 1011/ L, 8.00 g /dL, 2.77 mmol/L, 137.37 mmol/L and 2.23 mmol/L) period. It was concluded that, genotypes and physiological status had influence on blood metabolites of goats. 


Blood metabolites Indigenous free ranging goats Lactation Late pregnancy.


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