Shearing housed pregnant ewes at about the 11th week of pregnancy resulted in increased ewe liveweight gain (P greater than 0-01) and heavier twin litter weights (P greater than 0-01). The lambs from the shorn ewes also grew faster when put out to pasture. Unshorn pregnant ewes had a faster and more variable respiration rate, probably due to their being too hot in the prevailing conditions. The effect of this apparent heat stress on fetal nutrition is discussed.
- British Veterinary Association. All rights reserved.
Statistics from Altmetric.com
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.