Relationships of peri-partum, plasma concentrations of progesterone, oestrogens and 13,14-dihydro-15-ketoprostaglandin F2alpha in heifers and of anatomical measurements of dam and calf with difficulty of calving in early-bred Hereford x Friesian heifers.

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Plasma concentrations of progesterone, oestradiol-17beta, oestrone, oestrone sulphate and PGFM have been measured daily during the first peri-partum period of 45 Hereford x Friesian heifers bred at 11 months of age. Anatomical measurements of dam and calf were also recorded. Twelve of the calvings were scored easy, 33 difficult. Each of five models (fitted… (More)

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