The effect of shearing on the energy metabolism of the pregnant ewe.

  title={The effect of shearing on the energy metabolism of the pregnant ewe.},
  author={Michael E Symonds and Michael J. Bryant and Michael A Lomax},
  journal={The British journal of nutrition},
  volume={56 3},
1. Metabolizable energy (ME) intakes, heat production, non-protein respiratory quotient (NPRQ) and the plasma concentrations of glucose, non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA), 3-hydroxybutyrate, insulin, growth hormone (GH) and cortisol were measured in shorn and unshorn pregnant ewes. 2. Lamb birth-weight was 17% higher from shorn ewes despite similar ME intakes in the two groups. Shearing resulted in a significant decrease in the digestibility of dry matter and energy. 3. Both shorn and unshorn… CONTINUE READING


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