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Volume: 4 Issue: 2
||Effect of Varying Temperature Humidity Index on the Plasma Volume of Buffalo Calves
Effect of Varying Temperature Humidity Index on the Plasma Volume of Buffalo Calves
The present study was conducted to assess the influence of varying temperature humidity index prevalent in central midlands of Kerala on the plasma volume of castrated buffalo calves. The temperature humidity index varied from 76.5 to 82.0 throughout the year. No significant correlation was observed between temperature humidity index and rectal temperature (r=0.258) in buffalo calves at P<0.01 level. THI was positively correlated (r=0.914) with the plasma volume of buffalo calves at P<0.01 level. It was concluded that buffalo calves were adapted to temperature humidity index from 76.5 to 80.0 in the central midlands of Kerala as the rectal temperature remained constant throughout the period of experiment and alterations in plasma volume is one of the mechanism by which the animal tries to maintain thermal balance.