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Physico-Chemical Properties of Spring (Mineral) Waters Commonly Consumed by Grazing Animals Cattle in Wakwa (Cameroon)

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Author(s): W.M.L.Fezeu | M.B. Ngassoum | G. Echevarria | M. Cretin | C.M.F. Mbofung

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 718;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Spring waters | cattle | mineral requirement

ABSTRACT
Wakwa is an intensive cattle-grazing area in Northern Cameroon. The present study was carried out to determine the physico-chemical characteristics of different samples of spring waters commonly consumed by cattles in this area. Water samples were collected in dry season (February and April) of 2002 from four (Wakwa Palestine, Massagali, Djomtari and Lahor Vina) springs and analysed for their mineral (NO3, Cl, PO43-, HCO3-, Ca, Mg, Mn, Al, Zn, Cu, Fe, ammoniacal nitrogen) and organic matter content using appropriate and current analytical methods (Absorption spectrophotometer, Inductive Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and Colorimetry). Mineral content of the waters was found to vary very significantly (p
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