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Supplementation of lactating ewes with a glucogenic preparation or beta-carotene in mid- to late lactation on subsequent milk yield and luteinizing hormone secretion

Supplementation of lactating ewes with a glucogenic preparation or beta-carotene in mid- to late lactation on subsequent milk yield and luteinizing hormone secretion

Canadian Journal of Animal Science 87(2): 185-190

ISSN/ISBN: 0008-3984

The effects of a glucogenic preparation (Nutrimix((R))) or beta-carotene (Rovimix((R)) beta carotene) supplementation of ewes during mid- to late-lactation on their milk yield were assessed in a study where 66 Chios-breed ewes were allocated into three equal (n = 22) groups. Ewes in group A received daily a glucogenic preparation and those in group B P-carotene, starting 35 d before estrus synchronization until 7 d after artificial insemination (supplementation period); ewes in group C were untreated controls. The estrus cycle was synchronized and double AI was carried out 48 and 60 h after withdrawal of progestagen sponges. Milk yield was measured daily during the supplementation period. Blood samples were collected at 2-h intervals, from 28 to 54 h after sponge withdrawal; the concentration of plasma luteinizing hormone (LH) was measured. Increased milk yield was recorded after supplementation with the glucogenic preparation (P < 0.05), but not with beta-carotene (P > 0.05). There were no differences in LH concentration during surge release in supplemented ewes; furthermore, there were no differences between groups in body weight and litter size. It is concluded that supplementation of ewes with a glucogenic preparation during mid- to late-lactation may lead to improved milk production.

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