Nutritional Articles

Influence of liver copper status of mare and newborn foal on the development of osteochondrotic lesions

Published: 2003-01-31

Brief content of the article
The authors studied if their was a relationship between liver copper concentration of mares and foals and the incidence of radiographically detectable osteochondrotic lesions in foals/yearlings. Liver copper concentration was assessed in taken within 4 days after birth from both mares and foals. Biopsies from foals were also taken at age 5 months. At ages 5 and 11 months the foals were scored for the presence and severity of osteochondrotic lesions on the basis of radiographs. The authors found no relationship between foal or mare liver copper concentration and osteochondrosis status at either 5 or 11 months. However, osteochondrotic lesions in foals with a low-level copper status at birth decreased significantly less in number and severety than those in foals with high-level copper status at birth.
Keywords: copper; osteochondrosis; foals; yearlings; minerals.

Reference
Van Weeren, P.R., Knaap, J., and Firth, E.C. 2003. Influence of liver copper status of mare and newborn foal on the development of osteochondrotic lesions. Eq. Vet. J. 35: 67-71.

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