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Hormonal induction of twinning in farmed red deer (Cervus elaphus): comparative mortality and growth of twins and singles to weaning

Hormonal induction of twinning in farmed red deer (Cervus elaphus): comparative mortality and growth of twins and singles to weaning

Animal Production, 513: 623-630

92 hinds were oestrus-synchronized by intravaginal progesterone devices and injected with PMSG (350 IU per hind) at progesterone withdrawal. 19 hinds produced twins, 1 produced triplets and 39 had single calves. Birth weight, gestation length, perinatal mortality and growth rate to weaning at approx. 20 wk of age were compared for singles and twins. There was a significant effect of birth weight, with twins being proportionately 0.30 lighter than single calves (6.27 and 8.94 kg, P<0.001).

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DOI: 10.1017/S0003356100012666

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