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Veterinary Medicine International
Volume 2014, Article ID 972074, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/972074
Research Article

Serum Copper and Haematological Values of Sheep of Different Physiological Stages in the Dry and Wet Seasons of Central Trinidad

1Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Biosciences, Agriculture and Food Technology, University of Trinidad and Tobago, Caroni North Bank Road, Centeno Arima, Trinidad and Tobago
2School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mount Hope, Trinidad and Tobago
3Department of Food Production, UWI, Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Received 6 March 2014; Accepted 10 April 2014; Published 8 May 2014

Academic Editor: Remo Lobetti

Copyright © 2014 A. Mohammed et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A study was conducted to determine serum copper (Cu) concentrations and hematological values of 174 sheep from four medium sized farms, pertaining to physiological stage, in the late dry and late wet seasons of Central Trinidad. Serum Cu was significantly lower in the dry than in the wet season () with a corresponding high percentage of samples with low Cu levels in the former. 31% of dry nonpregnant sheep exhibited a nonregenerative anaemia. Also, hemoglobin and packed cell volume values varied () including lymphocyte () counts, among growing animals compared with other physiological stages. Significant variations also occurred among neutrophil () and eosinophil () values in sheep. Highest haemoglobin and packed cell volume, white blood cell counts, and lymphocyte values in growing sheep compared with other stages were probably age related.