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Relationship between pelvic and linear body measurements in Dorper ewes

  • 2012
  • Issue: 5
  • Volume: 42
I.M. van Rooyen, P.J. Fourie & L.M.J. Schwalbach Page: 498 - 502

Low lifetime rearing success and high perinatal mortality of lambs have been associated with small pelvic areas in ewes. It would therefore make sense to include pelvic area as a criterium for selecting breeding ewes; however, measuring it in vivo…

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Preliminary note on mature pelvic dimensions and rearing efficiency in Merino ewes (Short communication)

  • 1988
  • Issue: 4
  • Volume: 18
S.W.P. Cloete & K.G. Haughey Page: 171 - 174

Radiographic pelvimetry was used to obtain estimated pelvic dimensions for Merino ewes, born in 1981 and available for five lambing opportunities in the Tygerhoek flock. Estimated pelvic dimensions accurately predicted dissected measurements obtained from 37 ewes that were slaughtered, as…

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