Euroasia Summit Congress on Scientific Researches and Recent Trends-7, Baku, Azerbaijan, 6 - 09 December 2020, pp.170-174
Evaluation of the macromineral and trace element status of farm animals is a valuable tool in both individual and herd health management. The aim of this study is to determine some mineral substance levels in whole blood of sheep and goat according to FAMACHA© scores. For this purpose, 110 head of Akkaraman sheep and 100 Hair goats raised in Sızma District of Konya Selçuklu province under extensive conditions constituted the animal material in the study. Blood samples were taken from the Vena jugularis region of the animals at the beginning of the pasture period at the end of March 2019 using vacuum EDTA blood collection tubes and some mineral substances levels such as Ca, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, P and Zn in whole blood were determined using the ICP-OES device. According to the 2, 3 and 4 FAMACHA© scores, Fe values in whole blood of sheep were determined as 194.37 ± 27.98, 222.07 ± 12.33 and 220.80 ± 11.28, respectively. According to the 3, 4 and 5 of FAMACHA© scores, Fe values in whole blood of goat were determined as 207.9±17.77, 201.04±5.92 and 188.73±6.88, respectively. Considering the results of variance analysis, the differences between the least squares averages of mineral substances according to the FAMACHA© scores in both sheep and goats were found to be statistically insignificant (P>0.05). However, mineral supplements may be recommended to avoid further Fe deficiency in the current herd.