Effect of vitamin E and selenium and different types of milk on health and growth of organic goat kids

E.A.A. Smolders, N.J.M. van Eekeren, W. Govaerts

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Abstract

Newborn goat kids are low in blood levels of vitamin E and selenium. Not known is how this affects health and growth of the kids. In a study on an organic farm 40 kids were allotted to 4 groups. Parenteral administration of 0.5 ml vitamin E and selenium solution (treated groups) or 0.5 ml salt solution (placebo) at the day of birth was combined with powdered full goat milk or goat milk replacer during the raising period. Treated groups gained on averages 10 grams more a day than the placebo groups, milk groups did not differ in daily weight gain. Although blood levels are different between treated and between milk groups, no relevant differences in health and weight occurred under well managed farm conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventTackling the Future Challenges of Organic Animal Husbandry, Proceedings of the 2nd OAHC, Hamburg/Trenthorst, Germany. Sep 12-14, 2012 -
Duration: 12 Sep 201214 Sep 2012

Conference

ConferenceTackling the Future Challenges of Organic Animal Husbandry, Proceedings of the 2nd OAHC, Hamburg/Trenthorst, Germany. Sep 12-14, 2012
Period12/09/1214/09/12

Keywords

  • kids
  • vitamin e
  • selenium
  • blood analysis
  • weight gain
  • goat keeping
  • organic farming
  • kid feeding

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