Body weight of mares and foals, estrous cycles and plasma glucose concentration in lactating and non-lactating Lipizzaner mares.
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This study describes weight development, plasma glucose concentrations and reproductive parameters in lactating (n=46) and non-lactating Lipizzaner mares (n=11) throughout the breeding season. It was the aim of the study to analyse if an energy deficit with possible effects on reproductive functions occurs at any time during the first 4 months of gestation. One of the main conclusions was that mares seem to be able to compensate energy losses during lactation mainly by increasing feed intake and not by mobilisation of body fat.
Keywords: Lactation; Energy balance; estrous cycle; foal growth; body weight.
Heidler B., Aurich, J.E., Pohl W., Aurich C. 2004. Body weight of mares and foals, estrous cycles and plasma glucose concentration in lactating and non-lactating Lipizzaner mares.Theriogenology 61: 883-893.
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