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Cattle herds from Brazil usually have about 170 million animals and their main food source is Brachiaria pastures. In beef cattle, weight loss or reduction in weight gain may be due to clinical and subclinical hepatic diseases. Saponins present in Brachiaria spp. may be the cause of liver damage....

Lima, F. G.; Ribeiro, C. dos S.; Andrade, D. di F.; Guimarães, V. Y.; Costa, G. L.; Rezende, M. L.; Assunção, P. C. F.; Neiva, J. N. de M.; Fioravanti, M. C. S.
Universidade Federal de Goiás, Escola de Veterinária, Goiânia, Brazil
Ciência Animal Brasileira, 2009, 10, Supplement 1, pp 314-318