The use of deuterium oxide for the prediction of body composition in live dairy cattle.

@article{Odwongo1984TheUO,
  title={The use of deuterium oxide for the prediction of body composition in live dairy cattle.},
  author={W O Odwongo and Heiko Conrad and Alfred E. Staubus},
  journal={The Journal of nutrition},
  year={1984},
  volume={114 11},
  pages={2127-37}
}
Body composition was studied in five animal groups (two 8-week-old calves, two 16-week-old calves, three Holsteins and three Jerseys in late lactation and two groups of cows each having a Holstein and a Jersey in early lactation). Each group was fed a different diet so as to effect wide variations in body composition. Body water volume and kinetics were estimated by deuterium oxide (D2O) dilution in trials lasting 10-12 days for each animal. The experimental animals were slaughtered at the end… CONTINUE READING