Concentração do zinco sérico em vacas leiteiras suplementadas com Saccharomyces cerevisiae, portadoras ou não de lesões podais
Alternative titleSerum zinc concentration of dairy cow supplemented with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with and without hoof lesions
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The present study was conducted to evaluate bovine serum zinc concentration in animals with and without hoof lesions, supplemented or not with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, an organic zinc source. The supplementation was carried out during 180 days. Forty-five Holstein cows were randomly chosen from a dairy herd of 189 lactating cows. The animals were distributed in three groups. In G1, 20 heifers with foot lesions were fed a diet supplemented with S. cerevisae. In G2, 10 heifers without hoof lesions were fed a diet with supplementation. In G3, 15 heifers with hoof lesions were fed a diet without supplementation. Serum samples were collected on day 0, 90 and 180, after the beginning of the experiment. Serum zinc concentration was determined by Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry. The results showed there not to be an increase significant serum of zinc among the groups, and in the animals inside of the group 1 (G1) it happened an increase (P<0,01) of the concentration of zinc (0,84 for 1,16 mu g/mL). The oral supplementation of organic zinc didn't increase the concentration serum of zinc, although in the last 90 days of the experiment it has happened an elevation of the value serum of zinc in the groups supplemented.