Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 53 issue 4 (april 2019) : 476-481

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

Emrobowansan M. Idamokoro, Voster Muchenje, Anthony J. Afolayan, Patrick J. Masika
1Faculty of Science and Agriculture, Department of Livestock and Pasture Science, University of Fort Hare, Private Bag X1314, Alice 5700, South Africa
Cite article:- Idamokoro M. Emrobowansan, Muchenje Voster, Afolayan J. Anthony, Masika J. Patrick (2018). 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. 53(4): 476-481. doi: 10.18805/ijar.B-865.
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. 
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