The efficacy of selenium treatment of forage for the ...



Title The efficacy of selenium treatment of forage for the correction of selenium deficiency in horses
Author(s) Julia B. Montgomery, Jeffrey J. Wichtel, Maureen G. Wichtel, Mary A. McNiven, JT. McClure
Journal Animal Feed Science and Technology
Date 2011
Volume 170
Issue 1-2
Start page 63
End page 71
Abstract Fortification of plants with selenium (Se) has been used to increase the Se intake of humans and farm animals but its use for correction of Se deficiency in horses has received little attention. The aims of this study were to evaluate the effect of Se-enriched fertilizer application on the Se concentration of fresh forage and hay, and to test the effect of feeding Se-enriched hay on the Se status of horses fed a basal diet containing inadequate Se (0.14mg/kg) for those horses fed Se-enriched hay. In summary, application of Se-enriched fertilizer increased the Se concentration of hay to a degree sufficient to meet the published dietary requirement for horses (0.1mg/kg DM), and feeding of Se-enriched hay was an effective method of Se supplementation of horses.
DOI 10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2011.07.018

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