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Friday, May 10, 2013 3:42:30 PM
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Effect of induced ruminal acidosis on blood variables in heifers


Giorgio Marchesini, Roberta De Nardi, Matteo Gianesella, Anna-Lisa Stefani, Massimo Morgante, Antonio Barberio, Igino Andrighetto, and Severino Segato
 

 

Ruminal acidosis is responsible for the onset of different pathologies in dairy and feedlot cattle, but there are major difficulties in the diagnosis. This study modelled the data obtained from various blood variables to identify those that could indicate the severity of ruminal acidosis. Six heifers were fed three experimental rations throughout three periods. The diets were characterised by different starch levels: high starch (HS), medium starch (MS) and low starch, as the control diet (CT). Ruminal pH values were continuously measured using wireless sensors and compared with pH measurements obtained by rumenocentesis. Blood samples were analysed for complete blood count, biochemical profile, venous blood gas, blood lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and LPS-binding proteins (LBP).

 

 

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Article made possible through the contribution of Giorgio Marchesini et. Al. and Biomed Central.

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