Title: Effect of oral zinc supplementation on biometry of the cauda epididymis in Assam goat (Capra hircus) kids
Authors: J Devi, J Goswami and Kamal Sarma
Source: Ruminant Science (2018)-7(1):105-107.
Cite this reference as: Devi J, Goswami J and Sarma Kamal (2018). Effect of oral zinc supplementation on biometry of the cauda epididymis in Assam goat (Capra hircus) kids. Ruminant Science 7(1):105-107.
Thirty six numbers of healthy Assam local male goats of three months of age between 3 to 4 kg body weights were utilized in the present study. The kids were divided into three groups according to the feeding regime as group I (Control group) in which animals received no zinc supplementation, While group II and III animals received inorganic (Zinc sulphate @120mg/ kid/day) and organic form (Zinc propionate @ 40mg/kid/day) of zinc supplements, respectively with concentrate mixture. Epididymides were collected from these kids at 4 , 5, 6 and 7 months of age and used for biometrical studies which revealed an increasing trend of all the dimensions (length, width, thickness and weight) of the cauda epididymis with advancing age. In major cases, the biometrical parameters of in zinc-supplemented kids were significantly higher (P<0.05) than that of control group and between the supplemented groups. Also, certain values were found significantly higher in organic group as compared to the inorganic group.
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