Academic Research Journal of
Agricultural Science and Research
Academic Research Journal of Agricultural Science and Research
Vol. 4(4), pp. 105-116. July, 2016.
Full Length Research
Bio-potency of Selenium and Protein supplements on
reproductive traits of Male Rabbits: A Review
*Mohammed Abdulrashid1 and Darren T. Juniper2
1Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
2Division of Food Production and Quality, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development University of Reading, Earley Gate, Reading, RG6 6AR, UK. *Corresponding author: email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted 18 July 2016
of both micro and macro nutrients has been investigated in the field of
animal production and research, expressing promising effects. Perhaps
incorporation of both dietary Selenium and Protein at approapriate
levels has presented a tremendous impact on productive and reproductive
performance of livestock, particularly in tropical environments. However
the efficiency of growth and normal physiological functions depends on
composition and bioavailability of these nutrients in the diets. These
effects could be mediated via the hypothalamic- pituitary-axis in
regulating thyroid and growth hormones that have been shown to affect
differentiation and proliferation of somatic and gonadal cells. However,
under high ambient temperature and humidity the efficiency of feed
utilization would be compromised and reproductive function deteriorates,
as a consequence of impairment in appetite and subsequent oxidative
stress due to hyperthermia. In addition consequent effects of thermal
stress may also involved activation and or inhibition of the
hypothalamus-pituitary liver axis. Apparently rabbits require a high
protein diet in order to compensate for low feed intake under hot
climatic conditions; and dietary selenium as a potent antioxidant.
Therefore dietary protein and selenium supplementation at appropriate
level of inclusion apparently have the potential to improve male rabbit
general performance at reasonable cost.
How to cite this article: Abdulrashid M, Juniper DT (2016). Bio-potency of Selenium and Protein supplements on reproductive traits of Male Rabbits: A Review. Acad. Res. J. Agri. Sci. Res. 4(4): 105-116