Vitamin B12

Interpretation of serum vitamin B12 results in sheep and cattle
In sheep, cobalt supplementation on a group basis can be justified where the mean of a representative number of animals from the group (at least six and at least 10 from groups >60) falls beneath the 'marginal status' bands quoted below. Where the mean falls within the 'marginal status' band there may or may not be a response to supplementation. On an individual animal basis values beneath the 'marginal status' bands are suggestive of production-limiting dysfunction.

Sheep marginal status bands:
Suckling: 230 to 350 pmol/l vitamin B12
Weaned: 336 to 500 pmol/l vitamin B12

In cattle there is no reliable blood parameter to assess the cobalt status of cattle and vitamin B12 is no worse or better than the currently available alternatives. Due to the variable binding of vitamin B12 in bovine blood, gross under-estimation and variation can occur with all currently available assays and results must be interpreted with caution. Analysis of liver tissue (vitamin B12 - no binding problems in liver) or the diet (cobalt) or assaying blood samples from sheep (vitamin B12) on the same diet will more reliably assess cobalt status than blood sampling the cattle. In addition, the response to any cobalt supplementation should be used as a diagnostic criterion.

  • Price: £17.81
  • Species: Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Pigs
  • Disease/presentation: Metabolic disease
  • Test type: Biochemistry
  • Sample type(s): Blood - clotted (red top), Blood - heparin (green top)

Further Information

UKAS Accreditation Status: Accredited

Turnaround Time: 4 working days

SRUC VS Product Code(s): 1084730

Vitamin B12

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