Ovine ketosis II. The effect of pregnancy on the blood ketone body levels of well-fed ewes

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  • SDG 2
  • Abstract:

    The ketone body levels of adequately fed, monotocous Merino ewes were found to remain unaltered throughout the gestation period. The ketone body levels of both pregnant and non-pregnant animals were affected to the same degree by drops in temperature. However, owing to the availability of shelter the effect was less pronounced than in previous experiments during which the animals were kept in open camps.