Articles | Volume 52, issue 4
10 Oct 2009
 | 10 Oct 2009

Dynamics of changes in iron concentration and total iron binding capacity in blood plasma of goat kids during their first month of life (Short Communication)

W. F. Skrzypczak, M. Ożgo, A. Lepczyński, and A. Łata

Abstract. The experiment was carried out on 14 kids of Polish Improved White breed during the first 30 days of life. The aim of this study was to show changes in the concentration of blood plasma iron and total iron binding capacity (TIBC) during the neonatal period. The statistically confirmed differences (P≥0.01) in blood serum iron concentration was show in the kids between 5th (20.57 μmol/l) and 14th (9.97 μmol/l) day of life, and between 3rd and 4th week with the peak in 23rd day (27.50 μmol/l). We have also shown statisticly confirmed increase in TIBC (P≥0.01) between 1st and 4th day of life (+20.13 μmol/l), and between 14th and 23rd day of life (+15.59 μmol/l). Statistically confirmed decrease of TIBC was observed between 6th (52.30 μmol/l) and 14th (31.78 μmol/l) day of life. Conclusion: The studies have revealed dynamic changes in the concentration and total binding capacity of blood plasma iron concentration during the first month of postnatal life. The pattern of such changes does not depend on the gender or litter size. It was observed a significant decrease in the concentration of this trace element in blood plasma toward the end of the second week, which may indicate a relative iron deficiency, particularly in twin-born kids.