Effect of Selenium injection in pregnant camels on selenium status of their new-born and milk

Faye Bernard, Althamma Ossamah, Musaad Abdelgader, Konuspayeva Gaukhar, Bengoumi Mohammed. 2014. Effect of Selenium injection in pregnant camels on selenium status of their new-born and milk. Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, 26 (4) : pp. 342-348.

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Abstract : The effect of inoculation of selenium solution to pregnant camels was investigated to assess the impact on selenium status of the new-born and on the selenium concentration in milk. In the trial included 2 groups of 8 camels, the treated one receiving a single injection of selenium solution at the end of pregnancy. In blood, no difference was observed between control and treated group before injection. A significant difference was observed at delivery as well in dam (33.3 vs 44.7 ng/mL respectively) as in calf (28.5 vs 47.6 ng/mL respectively). In milk, the selenium was also significantly in higher concentration in treated group (93 ± 49 ng/mL) than in control one (59 ± 19 ng/mL) at the delivery time. Zinc concentration in milk was positively correlated to selenium content. The improvement of selenium status by a single injection was slight and more efficient supplementation ways could be proposed to the camel farmers. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Chameau, Selenium, Complémentation, Lait de chamelle, Composition globale, Composition du sang, Zinc

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Arabie Saoudite

Classification Agris : L50 - Animal physiology and biochemistry
L51 - Animal physiology - Nutrition
Q04 - Food composition

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 3 (2014-2018) - Alimentation durable

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Faye Bernard, CIRAD-ES-UMR SELMET (SAU)
  • Althamma Ossamah, Camel and Range Research Center (SAU)
  • Musaad Abdelgader, Range Protection and Improvement Center in Al-Jouf Area (SAU)
  • Konuspayeva Gaukhar, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KAZ)
  • Bengoumi Mohammed, FAO (TUN)

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