The authors are grateful to Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai to carry out the research work and Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India for funding the project.
All the authors contributed to the research work. First author (S.Gunasekaran) conducted the trial and documented the research data. Second author (L.Radhakrishnan) contributed in manuscript preparation. Third author (S. Meenakshi sundaram) monitored the trials of the research work.
Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India has funded the project for Rs.2.45 lakhs. The council reference no. 9270/TNSCST/STP/VS/02/VF 2018-19. The research work was conducted at Institute of Animal Nutrition, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Conflicts of interest/Competing interests
The authors have no relevant financial or non-financial interests to disclose.
This study involved survey of farmers as well as blood sampling from their animals. The study protocol was assessed and approved by Tamil Veterinary and Animal Sciences University. Farmers provided their verbal consent for animal blood sampling. Collection of blood samples was carried out by veterinarians adhering to the regulations and guidelines on animal husbandry and welfare.
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All authors contributed to the study conception and design. All authors read and approved the final manuscript
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All authors gave their consent for research publication
Data availability statement
The data generated or analysed during this study are included in this published article. Few datasets generated / analysed in this study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.