Strategic use of minerals to augment production and reproduction in animals
K Sethy, P Dwibedy, V Dhaigude, Ranu Dash, PD Adhikary, RD Mukherjee, V Vaidantika and P Priyadarshinee
Minerals play an important role in various bodily functions that are necessary to sustain life and maintain optimal health and thus are essential nutrients. The amount of minerals present in the body and their metabolic roles varies considerably. Minerals are required for a number of functions like normal body maintenance and function, milk production, fetal development and reproduction Mineral imbalances in soil and forage have long been held responsible for low production and reproductive problems among ruminants. Calcium is used in the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth. P deficient cattle may go for 2-3 years without producing a calf or do not come in estrus. Cattle deficient in salt often eat dirt, manure, and urine in an attempt to satisfy their appetite for salt. Zinc deficiency may lead to depressed feed intake, reduced growth rate, abnormal hair coat and various skin lesions. Copper deficiency delayed onset of puberty, repeat breeding, low conception, early embryonic mortality and increased incidence of retention of placenta.
How to cite this article:
K Sethy, P Dwibedy, V Dhaigude, Ranu Dash, PD Adhikary, RD Mukherjee, V Vaidantika, P Priyadarshinee. Strategic use of minerals to augment production and reproduction in animals. Pharma Innovation 2017;6(12):517-522.