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Physiological attributes as possible selection criteria for milk production 2. Plasma insulin, tri-iodothyronine and thyroxine in bulls

  • T. J. Osmond (a1), W. R. Carr (a1), C. J. M. Hinks (a1), R. B. Land (a1) and W. G. Hill (a2)...

Abstract

Insulin, thyroxine and tri-iodothyronine concentrations were measured in samples of blood from 175 Friesian bulls, aged between 2 and 7 years, which were being progeny-tested for milk production. Least squares regression coefficients were estimated for these hormone levels on time of day and time after feed at sampling and age of bull. Correlations between hormone levels and Improved Contemporary Comparisons of the bull, a measure of his daughters' milk production, did not differ significantly from zero, suggesting that simple spot estimates of levels of these hormones in bulls would not supply useful predictors of daughters' production.

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Animal Science
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