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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 3)
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Evaluation of Effect of Peppermint as a New Preventive Method for Milk Fever and Subclinical Hypocalcaemia in Transition Holstein Cows

Mehdi Goodarzi, Mohammad Sadegh Safaee Firouzabadi, Mohammad Mahdi Zarezadeh Mehrizi and Mohsen Jafarian
Corresponding Author:  Mehdi Goodarzi  

Key words:  Peppermint, preventive method, subclinical hypocalcaemia, transition dairy cows, , ,
Vol. 4 , (3): 184-186
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March 23, 2012 April 26, 2012 June 15, 2012
Abstract:

Milk fever and subclinical hypocalcaemia are the most important macromineral disorders that affect transition dairy cows. Feeding peppermint to dairy cattle due to physiological or pharmacological functions may effect rumen fermentation and digestibility. Thus, in the present study, peppermint was tested for its effects upon serum calcium and urine pH levels in transition Holstein cows. Twenty dairy cattle (the last 3 weeks prepartum) were divided into 2 groups. Group 1 (control) treated with no peppermint and group 2 (treatment) treated with peppermint. To determine serum calcium and urine pH levels, blood and urine were taken in start of experiment, after 15 days adaptation period with the peppermint being mixed with concentrate and 12 h after calving in second milking. Serum calcium and urine pH levels between control group and treatment group were not significantly different (p>0.05) in start of experiment, but their levels after 15 days adaptation period and 12 h after calving were significant (p<0.05). In treatment group serum calcium and urine pH difference between before treatment and after treatment in three different times were different significantly (p<0.05). According to these results, it can be concluded that peppermint has a great potential as a new preventive method for milk fever and subclinical hypocalcaemia by inducing mild metabolic acidosis or any unknown mechanism.
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Mehdi Goodarzi, Mohammad Sadegh Safaee Firouzabadi, Mohammad Mahdi Zarezadeh Mehrizi and Mohsen Jafarian, 2012. Evaluation of Effect of Peppermint as a New Preventive Method for Milk Fever and Subclinical Hypocalcaemia in Transition Holstein Cows.  International Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 4(3): 184-186.
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