Effect of hemoglobin type on the concentration of plasma copper in merino dohne merino and south african mutton merino ewes

Van Niekerk, F.E.; Van Niekerk, C.H.

South African Journal of Animal Science 19(3): 131-133


ISSN/ISBN: 0375-1589
Accession: 007249296

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The effect of haemoglobin type (AA, AB, BB) on the concentration of plasma copper of dry non-pregnant Merino, Dohne Merino and SA Mutton Merino ewes, kept under the same grazing conditions, was studied. Merino ewes tended to have the highest concentrations of plasma copper of the three breeds. Merino ewes of haemoglobin type BB had the highest concentration of plasma copper within this breed. No tendency regarding plasma copper and haemoglobin type were evident within the other two breeds.