Journal article

Effects of Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) supplementation on the performance of dairy calves

Pietro Celi, Adam Robinson

Animal Production Science | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2010

Abstract

Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis), a tea known for its high antioxidant content, was supplemented to 24 of 48 Holstein calves to assess its effect on the calves’ performance. Calves were weighed and blood samples were taken each week. Serum was assayed for metabolic parameters (total protein, albumin, urea, non-esterified fatty acids, triglycerides and β-hydroxybutyric acid) and markers of oxidative status [advanced oxidation protein products, 8-isoprostane and total antioxidant capacity (TAC) concentration]. Supplemented calves had higher triglyceride levels (P < 0.05) suggesting that Yerba Mate induced fat mobilisation and usage. A significant effect of the interaction time of sampling × di..

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