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To investigate the suitability of the pig as animal model for postmenopausal osteoporosis, effects of ovariectomy (OVX) on bone metabolism and histology were studied in two groups of sows (9 months, nulliparous or 35 months, multiparous). A standard diet of about 1.5% calcium (Ca) was fed till sacrifice at either 12 or 20 months post OVX when mineral(More)
The shortening of the time interval between the onset of oestrus and ovulation in sows by the transcervical administration of seminal plasma was investigated in 23 German Landrace gilts, using the technique of single horn infusions (Mariensee model) in combination with the transcutaneous sonographic monitoring of ovaries. Preparative surgery comprised the(More)
The present study was carried out on 68 barrows equally distributed into two different feeding groups (intensive and restricted). MR tomography was used to obtain data needed for the calculation of optimal slaughter weight. Growth analyses and predictions were performed using an asymmetric S-function. The differences between the predicted and real time(More)
Extent and duration of the permeability of the small intestine of newborn lambs for intact proteins from cow's colostrum was analyzed in five groups of animals. Cow's colostrum in quantities of 200 ml/kg birth weight, was offered in 3-hr intervals for 24 hrs, beginning either immediately after birth or after fasting, for 12 and 24 hrs respectively. In two(More)
In a first trial the cortical activity of cattle and sheep was tested using only an electrocorticogram (ECoG). The results showed a shorter phase after sticking or the ritual slaughter cut respectively, until the ECoG disappears in stunned animals. However, considering the time between stunning and the cervical state, the interval until disappearance of the(More)
Reliable physiological markers for performance evaluation in sport horses are missing. To determine the diagnostic value of plasma ACTH and cortisol measurements in the warmblood horse, 10 initially 3-yr-old geldings of the Hannovarian breed were either exposed to a training schedule or served as controls. During experimental Phase 1, horses were(More)
Previous studies showed that intrauterine infusion of seminal plasma at the onset of oestrus could advance ovulation in pigs, possibly to enhance the chances of fertilization by optimizing the chronological events of fertilization. This effect has been attributed to a local unilateral mechanism whereby infusion into a single uterine horn advances ovulation(More)
Sheep colostrum, pooled from 0-12 h milkings, was fed to 38 newborn lambs for either 6, 12, 18 or 24 hrs after birth. The influence of the duration of feeding periods on the transintestinal passage of immunoglobulins, the growth performance, the loss rate and the onset of immunoglobulin synthesis were investigated by monitoring the serum concentrations of(More)