Ovine ketosis. 1. The normal ketone body values

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  • SDG 13
  • Abstract:

    The ketone body levels of ewes at oestrus have been shown to be significantly lower than during anoestrus. The ketone levels of wethers have been found to be significantly higher than that of ewes. A positive relationship has been established between temperature drops of more than l4°C, and ketone body levels. A negative relationship has been established between temperature drops and blood sugar levels. The normal ketone body values of ewes and wethers together with their respective standard deviations and ranges are presented.