Journal article

Relationships between blood hormonal concentrations and secondary fibre shedding in young cashmere-bearing goats at their first moult

P Celi, E Seren, R Celi, A Parmeggiani, A Di Trana

Animal Science | BRITISH SOC ANIMAL SCIENCE | Published : 2003


AbstractThe aim of this study was to evaluate secondary fibre shedding in relation to seasonal hormonal changes in young cashmere-bearing goats reared in southern Italy. We used 14 cashmere-bearing kids, seven males and seven females, of a Scottish breed-population of goats specialized in cashmere production. Monthly, a hair patch of 4 cm2 was clipped from both left and right mid sides alternately and cashmere length and its yield were determined. Blood samples were taken every 2 weeks and plasma was assayed for prolactin (PRL), growth hormone (GH), tri-iodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), progesterone and testosterone. With the same frequency, animals were monitored for onset of moult. Our d..

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