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Calcium and Phosphorus status in soil, fodder and blood serum of cattle reared in Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts of Kerala

Javed Jameel A, Mahesh Chandra Sharma and Pankaj Kumar

Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine Ethics And Jurisprudence, CVAS, KVASU, Mannuthy - 680651, Kerala, India

Published in the Indian Veterinary Journal September 2022 : 99 (9) - pages 69 to 73
(Received: , Accepted: )


A study was conducted in the two districts of Kerala to determine the status and correlation of macro-minerals in soil, fodder and cattle and to evolve suitable strategies for their adequate supplementation. The Ca and P in soil and fodder samples were estimated by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer and calorimetrically in the serum samples of cattle. The overall prevalence of calcium deficiency in soil and fodder samples of two districts of Kerala was 18.66% and. 22.00%, respectively. The prevalence of serum calcium deficiency was more in lactating cattle (40.00%) as compared to non-lactating (32.00%) and calves (33.33%). Phosphorus was not found deficient in cattle. Correlation between soil-fodder, soil-cattle, and fodder-cattle in the concentration of calcium and phosphorous was found to be significant at 1% and 5% level in most of the blocks of the two districts in Kerala.

Key Words: Cattle, Calcium, Phosphorus, Supplementation

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