Kinetics of phosphorus in tissues of lambs fed different sources of calcium

Sixteen growing rams, averaging 31.6kg were studied. They were fed diets based on corn and soya meal, supplemented with different sources of calcium: limestone (CC), alfalfa hay (FA), citrus pulp (PC) and oyster shell meal (OSM). The animals received an injection of 7.4 MBq of radioactive P (32P) and after 7 days they were slaughtered for further analyses. Experimental measurements were analyzed as a completely randomized design with four treatments and three repetitions. The rate of 32P retention, the relative specific activity, the standardized specific activity and the inorganic P in tissue were similar for all treatments (P>0.05). The comparison between tissues showed that the concentration of inorganic P and rate of 32P retention was greater in bone (P<0.01) than in soft tissue. The 32P retention presented the following decreasing order: kidney, liver, heart, muscle and bone (P<0.01). P resorption in bone was higher than P accreted in bone, leading to a negative balance of P in bone for the majority of animals. The means for P accreted in bone were 1.56, 3.29, 2.74 and 2.06g/animal and the means for P resorption in bone were 2.82, 4.51, 4.09 and 3.05g/animal for limestone (CC), alfalfa hay (FA), citrus pulp (PC) and oyster shell meal (OSM), respectively. P resorption values were higher than P accretion in bone leading to a negative balance of P for the majority of animals. It was concluded that the different sources of calcium did not interfere in the kinetics of phosphorus and the amount of P absorbed did not attend P demands of the animals.

ruminant; radiophosphorus; bones; soft tissues; retention

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