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Amino Acid Complexes in Mare Diets and its Effects on Immunity in Nursing Foals

Trace minerals (TM) play fundamental roles in the func­tion and maintenance of the immune system. Because the supply of some TM in mare milk may be insufficient to

meet foal requirements, TM deposited in fetal tissues during gestation serves as an important reservoir for the nurs­ing foal. Greater bioavailability and retention of TM amino acid complexes (CTM) compared to inorganic TM has been observed in several species. The aim of this study was to determine if dietary TM source and dura­tion of supplementation in the mare alters TM status and immune function of the foal.

Foal Immunity
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