6-Title: Thyroid status in Pugal sheep on arid tracts during varying environmental conditions
Authors: Govind Sahay Gottam, Pavan Kumar Mittal, Barkha Gupta, Dinesh Maruti, Mohan Singh and Desh Raj Bilochi
Source: Ruminant Science (2022)-11(1):29-31.
How to cite this manuscript: Gottam Govind Sahay, Mittal Pavan Kumar, Gupta Barkha, Maruti Dinesh, Singh Mohan and Bilochi Desh Raj (2022). Thyroid status in Pugal sheep on arid tracts during varying environmental conditions. Ruminant Science 11(1):29-31.
The present study was designed to investigate the changes in thyroid status (T3, T4 and TSH) during different seasons in Pugal sheep. This study revealed a substantial seasonal impact on thyroid status. Three hundred twenty (320) animals of Pugal sheep (160 males and 160 females) were screened for various thyroid parameters namely T3, T4 and TSH during four environmental seasons. Thyroid activity was significantly affected by age, sex and season and their interactions. Hot and Hot humid/rainy seasons were the most detrimental for thyroid activity in Pugal sheep and indicated special managemental precautions need to be taken to protect them from heat stress during the hot and hot-humid season. Variations in thyroid hormone bioactivity allow the animals to adapt their metabolic balance to different environmental conditions and homeostatic changes during different physiological stages.
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