Serum biochemical activities and muscular soreness in transported goats administered with ascorbic acid during the hot-dry season

  • Ndazo S Minka | mnsalka@yahoo.com College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Division of Agricultural Colleges, Ahmadu Bello University, Mando – Kaduna, Nigeria.
  • Olusegun J Ayo Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Abstract

The effects of handling, loading and 12 h of road transportation during the hot-dry season on muscular metabolism of 20 experimental goats administered orally with 100 mg/kg body weight of ascorbic acid (AA) dissolved in 10 ml of sterile water, and other 20 control goats given equivalent of sterile water 40 min prior to transportation were investigated. The result obtained post-transportation showed that handling, loading and transportation were stressful to the goats, especially the control goats and resulted into muscular damage and the development of delayed-onset-muscular-soreness (DOMS), which may lead to dark-firm-dry (DFD) syndrome meat with undesirable effects on its quality. In the experimental goats administered AA such transportation effects were minimal or completely abolished. The result demonstrated that AA reduced the incidence of DOMS and muscular damage in transported goats, therefore it may be used to improve the welfare and quality of meat obtained from goats subjected to long period of road transportation under adverse climatic conditions.

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2010-12-03
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ascorbic acid, goats, muscular soreness, serum enzymes, transportation stress
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Minka, N. S., & Ayo, O. J. (2010). Serum biochemical activities and muscular soreness in transported goats administered with ascorbic acid during the hot-dry season. European Journal of Translational Myology, 20(4), 193-203. https://doi.org/10.4081/ejtm.2010.1817