Mineralization in newborn calves contributes to health, improve the antioxidant system and reduces bacterial infections

Patrícia Glombowsky, Aleksandro S. da Silva, Natan M. Soldá, Gabriela M. Galli, Angelisa H. Biazus, Gabriela Campigotto, Nathieli B. Bottari, Rejane S. Sousa, Maiara C. Brisola, Lenita M. Stefani, Matheus D. Baldissera, Marta L.R. Leal, Vera M. Morsch, Maria Rosa C. Schetinger, Gustavo Machado

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The first phase of life of dairy calves has elevated mortality indices linked with low immunity and sanitary challenges, mainly bacterial infections are involved in the pathogenesis of diarrhea, the leading cause of death. Also, other important problem is the nutritional deficiencies, such as the mineral deficiency. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate whether an intramuscular mineral supplementation based on selenium, copper, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus possess beneficial effects on health of dairy calves. For this, ten calves were divided in two groups: the group A was supplemented with injectable mineral, while the group B was used as control group (without mineral supplementation). The mineral complex was administrated via intramuscularly at dose of 3 mL/animal on days 2 and 14 post-birth. The total blood was collected on days 2, 10, 20 and 30 of life of animals in order to analyze the antioxidant enzymes (catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx)), blood count and seric biochemistry linked with proteic, lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. Feces samples were also collected on days 10, 20 and 30 of life of animals to perform the total bacterial count, parasitological exam and fecal consistency score. Moreover, the weight and corporal temperature were also evaluated. The mineral supplementation presented beneficial properties to calves from birth to the 30th of life through the increase on activity of antioxidant enzymes, improvement of immunity, and avoiding problems linked with diarrhea and anemia, can be considered an interesting approach to prevent these alterations linked with high mortality in the period of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-349
Number of pages6
JournalMicrobial Pathogenesis
StatePublished - Jan 2018


  • Bacterial infection
  • Dairy calves
  • Health
  • Mineral supplementation
  • Pathogenesis

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