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EFFECT OF VITAMIN E AND SELENIUM ON IMMUNITY IN NEWBORN JERSEY AND BUFFALO CALVES

  • Afzal, M. ;
  • Hussain, M. ;
  • Khan, K.N.M. ;
  • Munir, R.
  • Received : 1988.03.04
  • Accepted : 1988.05.20
  • Published : 1988.03.01

Abstract

Effect of vitamin E and selenium supplementation on immunity was studied in newborn Jersey and buffalo calves. The supplement contained 500 mg vitamin E and $200\;{\mu}g$ selenium; and was fed daily from birth to day 30. Differences in weight gain, total leucocytic count, differential leucocytic count, antibody titre and susceptibility to disease were found to be nonsignificant between supplemented and control calves during the study period of 3 months. Vitamin E seemed to enhance the recovery from disease in buffalo calves. Buffalo calves were found to be more sensitive to selenium toxicity than Jersey calves.

Keywords

Vitamin E;Selenium;Immunity;Calves;Buffalo