Use of intramuscular oxytocin injections to measure milk output in nondairy sheep, and its effect on milk composition

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    This paper describes a double Latin square design experiment to determine the effect of various doses of oxytocin injected intramuscularly in nondairy ewes on the induction of milk ejection and milk composition. Eight New Zealand Romney ewes without experience as dairy sheep were injected intravenously with 1 IU synthetic oxytocin and machine-milked to empty their udders. After 4 h, the procedure was repeated using 0, 1, 5, or 10 IU oxytocin in 1 mt sterile saline solution, this time injected intramuscularly. All doses of oxytocin significantly (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)563-565
    JournalAnimal Production Science
    Volume35
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1995

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