21-Title: Ameliorative effect of cold drinking water in summer stressed crossbred cattle

21-Title: Ameliorative effect of cold drinking water in summer stressed crossbred cattle

Authors: Amir Amin Sheikh, PS Mahapatra, Jonali Devi, Burhan Nabi and Omer Mohi Udin Sofi

Source: Ruminant Science (2021)-10(2):347-352.

How to cite this manuscript: Sheikh Amir Amin, Mahapatra PS, Devi Jonali, Nabi Burhan and Sofi Omer Mohi Udin (2021). Ameliorative effect of cold drinking water in summer stressed crossbred cattle. Ruminant Science 10(2):347-352.


The present study was carried out on 6 healthy, non-productive adult crossbred cattle in three phases: phase-I in the month of March 2021 (treated as Control phase); phase-II in the month of July 2021 (treated as T1) and phase-III in the month of August 2021 (treated as T2). In phase-I, II and III of the experiment, the animals were allowed to adapt to climate and diet for 7 days before recording the observations, however, in phase-III animals were provided with cold water (18 °C) to drink in place of normal water. THI was calculated from environmental variables as per NRC (1971). The recorded THI during phase-I was 70.02±0.49 showing animals were in very comfortable conditions and the THI during phase II and III was 80.50±1.22, showing animals were in severe stress. A significant (p<0.05) decrease in plasma glucose concentrations was observed in T1 phase as compared to the control phase. However, upon provision of cold drinking water significant (p<0.05) increase in plasma glucose concentrations was observed when compared to T1 phase. Significant (p<0.05) increase in concentrations of plasma BUN, creatinine, and total protein, and activities of ALT and AST were observed in T1 phase as compared to the control phase. However, upon provision of cold drinking water significant (p<0.05) decrease in plasma concentrations of BUN, Creatinine, Total protein and ALT and AST activities was observed when compared to T1 phase. In conclusion, the summer stress resulted in alterations in plasma biochemical constituents, however, upon cold water provision altered, biochemical constituents were reverted towards normal levels.


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