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Twin efficiency for reproductive variables in monozygotic twin sheep

P Celi, SW Walkden-Brown, D Blache, AZ Szell, HM Wilkinson, GB Martin



The aim of this study was to determine whether the number of animals used in experiments examining reproductive variables could be reduced without loss of statistical efficiency by using monozygotic twin (MT) sheep. In a series of four experiments, we measured the reproductive responses to changes in nutritional, opioidergic, and calcium status and calculated values for twin efficiency (TE) for each variable. In Experiment 1, we monitored the changes in gonadotrophin and testosterone secretion, scrotal circumference and live weight, of MT rams after an acute change in nutritional regime. In Experiment 2, we examined the changes in ovulation rate and gonadotrophin secretion in MT ewes followi..

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