Studies in mineral metabolism XXXV. The role of iodine in the nutrition of sheep

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  • SDG 5
  • SDG 2
  • Abstract:

    When the daily ration of Merino ewes contained 0.05 gm. KI for a period of about twelve months no effects were observed in bodyweight and food consumption. Reproduction was, however, abnormal in all the groups receiving the KI supplement, the effects of which were more pronouncedly deleterious in sheep on a carotene low diet than when 200 grm. greenfeed were supplied daily. The response to increased protein feeding in the form of bloodmeal was marked by the detrimental effect of KI on reproduction. As all the rations can easily be improved both in quality and palatability it cannot be inferred that the quantity of KI given will affect reproduction in sheep adversely under ideal feeding conditions. The conclusion is justified, however, that when greenfeed is absent or inadequate as frequently happens in practice good quality protein is not available and the incorporation of KI in sheep licks is distinctly dangerous and may even cause losses due to abnormal reproduction.