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The effect of a clinoptilolite based mineral adsorber on colostral immunoglobulin G absorption in newborn calves



The effect of a clinoptilolite based mineral adsorber on colostral immunoglobulin G absorption in newborn calves



Acta Veterinaria 45(2-3): 67-74



The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of the presence of added natural zeolites in colostrum on the degree of absorption of colostral IgG in newborn calves. The experimental group was fed colostrum in which 5g/L of a mineral adsorber preparation, manufactured by processing natural zeolites containing at least 90% of the zeolitic mineral active component clinoptilolite, was added. In blood sera from the experimental group, concentrations of IgG were 20.9 +- 9.9 g/L; 46.8 +- 14.7 g/L and 44.1 +- 12.3 g/L respectively 6,24 and 48 hours after birth. In blood sera from control group concentrations of IgG were 13.8 +- 9.6 g/L; 23.4 +- 10.5 g/L and 25.2 +- 9.9 g/L respectively 6, 24 and 48 hours after birth. The statistical significance of the difference in levels of IgG between the control and experimental group was high after 24 and 48 hours. Calves of the control group had a 50% higher concentration of IgG than the respective experimental group 6 hours after birth. However the difference was not statistically significant. Mean concentrations of IgG in the colostrum samples used to feed the calves from both groups were almost equal during the observed intervals. High voltage agarose-gel electrophoresis of serum proteins from the 48 hours after birth showed in the gamma electrophoretic zone the presence of a more intensively colored fraction for the treated animals compared with the analogous fraction on the electrophoregram of serum proteins of the control group. The data from this investigation show that a concentration of 5 g/L of clinoptilolite based mineral adsorber in the colostrum leads to a significantly higher degree of absorption of colostral IgG in newborn calves.

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