Dose response trial in marginal hypophosphatemia of buffaloes

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Benison Paul M. C. S. Randhawa S. Chhabra Ashwani Kumar


A dose response trial with oral phosphorus supplementation was conducted in hypophosphatemic (Plasma Pi 4.34±0.24 mg/dl) buffaloes (n=14) by feeding dicalcium phosphate (DCP) daily for 2 months. All the animals under the study were lactationally and physiologically comparable. Blood, milk and rumen liquor samples were collected before, at 30th and 60th days of supplementation. Phosphorus supplementation improved body condition score (BCS) without any remarkable effect on plasma inorganic phosphorus (Pi), calcium and ALP activity. No significant effect of oral P supplementation was observed on milk yield of buffaloes. Mean TVFA and ammonia nitrogen concentration in rumen fluid and plasma urea nitrogen and milk urea nitrogen were unaffected. The improved body condition in supplemented animals may be attributed to improved P responsive metabolism.

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M., Benison Paul et al. Dose response trial in marginal hypophosphatemia of buffaloes. Buffalo Bulletin, [S.l.], v. 37, n. 3, p. 321-328, sep. 2018. ISSN 2539-5696. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 sep. 2021.
Buffaloes, Body condition score, dicalcium phosphate, milk yield, plasma inorganic phosphorus.
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