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Use of sodium hydroxide treated selenium deficient barley to induce vitamin E and selenium deficiency in yearling cattle
  1. DA Rice and
  2. CH McMurray

Abstract

Selenium deficient barley grown in Northern Ireland was treated with sodium hydroxide to deplete it of vitamin E. Housed cattle fed a complete diet based on this treated barley developed nutritional degenerative myopathy, showing that spontaneous myopathy in yearling cattle can be the result of vitamin E and selenium deficiency alone. The diet used is as effective and cheaper than others presently in use for inducing degenerative myopathy.

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