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22. Effect of selenium on the development of selected indicators of fertility in dairy cows - A. Balicka-Ramisz and G. Jastrzębski

Veterinary World, 7(10): 863-867



   doi: 10.14202/vetworld.2014.863-867



A. Balicka-Ramisz: Department of Biotechnology of Animal Reproduction and Environment Hygiene, West Pomerania University of

Technology, Szczecin, Poland;

G. Jastrzębski: Municipal Office, Pyrzyce, Poland;


Received: 30-04-2014, Revised: 15-08-2014, Accepted: 17-09-2014, Published online: 22-10-2014


Corresponding author: A. Balicka-Ramisz, e-mail:

Aim: The aim of this study was to determine selenium (Se) concentration in the blood serum of dairy cows and to establish its influence on the level of production and reproduction traits.

Materials and Methods: The study was performed on the farm located in Western Pomerania - Poland and involved 120 cows, which were selected using the analog method on the basis of their physiological state, lactation number, milk yield, age, and genotype. The following indices were analyzed in individual groups: Calving interval, gestation interval, insemination index, standstill of placenta. Se concentration in the blood serum was determined with the spectrofluorometric method.

Results: The mean serum Se concentration was in cows 0.038 μg/ml. The use of Se preparations has raised fertility, which was documented statistically.

Conclusion: The study revealed that the problem of Se deficiency is still present in some dairy cattle herds in Western Pomerania - Poland.

Keywords: dairy cows, fertility rates, selenium, serum.

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