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Effect of Selenium Yeast and Vitamin E Supplementation on Growth, Nutrient Utilization and Immunity in Male Kids (Capra hircus)

Kamdev Sethy Partha Sarathi Swain Rama Saran Dass Subhasish Ray Devi Prasanna Swain
Vol 7(8), 98-107
DOI- http://dx.doi.org/10.5455/ijlr.20170613044844

An experiment aimed to observe the effects of supplementation of selenium yeast and/or vitamin E on their growth, nutrient utilization and immune response. Twenty four male kids (2-3 months) were divided into Group I (control; without any supplementation), II (0.3 mg selenium kg-1DM as Selenium yeast), III (100 mg of vitamin E as DL-α-tocopheryl acetate) and IV (combination of II and III) along with a basal diet (concentrate mixture and oat straw) to meet their nutrient requirement for 180 days. No significant (P>0.05) effect of selenium yeast and/or vitamin E supplementation on average daily gain, digestibility of nutrients, retention of nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus. Highest (P<0.05) humoral immunity was seen in the group IV. It may be concluded that supplementation of 0.3 ppm Se as selenium yeast and 100 mg of vitamin E improved the immune response of the kids, without affecting growth and digestibility of nutrients.

Keywords : Growth Immunity Goat Selenium Yeast Vitamin E

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