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Effect of Adding Vitamin C and E on the Biochemical Characteristics of Local Iraqi Lambs

Khalid Dfeek Ahmed

College of Basic Education, Haditha, University of Anbar, Iraq

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal October 2022 : 99 (10) - pages 35 to 39
(Received: , Accepted: )


An experiment was carried out in a special field in Haditha district, of Iraq in which 12 local Iraqi lambs aged 5-6 months were used with an average weight of 17 kg. The lambs were divided into three groups of 4 lambs each. The groups were: T1-control group, T2- group dosed with 40 mg of Vitamin C and T3-group dosed with 160 mg of Vitamin E. All lambs were fed with 1 kg of barley per day during the experiment period. At the end of the experimentwhich lasted for 45 days, blood samples from lambs were tested for measuring glucose, total protein, albumin, triglycerides, cholesterol and liver enzymes SGPT and SGOT. The results showed that there was no significant difference in the concentration of SGOT and SGPT enzymes between treatments and the interaction between the time period and the treatments along the study length.Though the results showed no significant difference in triglycerides, a significant (P ≥ 0.05) difference was observed in cholesterol between the vitamin C group and the vitamin E group. The results indicated that there is a significant difference (P≤ 0.05) in the concentration of total protein, while no significant change was observed in the proportion of albumin and alkaline phosphate concentration.

Key Words: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, biochemical characteristics, local Iraqi lambs.

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