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Studies on Milk Mineral Composition of Lactating West African Dwarf Goats

Author(s): T.O.Bawala | O.A. Isah | A.O. Akinsoyinu

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

Volume: 5;
Issue: 10;
Start page: 805;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Goat | lactation | milk | mineral composition

4 and MgSO4. 7H2O) on the milk mineral (Ca, P, Mg and K) content of the West African dwarf, WAD, goats. Eighteen monoparous lactating WAD does were utilized for feeding trial in a 12-week lactation period in which the does were randomly assigned to one of the three dietary treatment groups (A, B, C) of six animals in a completely randomized design. The three isonitrogenous (15% CP) and isocaloric (2.34 Mcal ME) supplementary diets fed to a based diet of Panicum maximum grass contained graded levels (%) 0, 1 and 2 of Ca/P and Mg supplementations in diets A, B and C respectively. Results showed that treatment effects on dry matter intake, DMT (kg day-1), body weight (Bw) gain (g day -1) circulating levels (mg dL-1) of Ca, P, Mg and K in serum and milk of WAD does were significant (p
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