Use of oxytocin to measure milk output in Merino ewes and its effect on fat content

R. Bencini, G.B. Martin, I.W. Purvis, Peter Hartmann

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We examined the influence of the dose of oxytocin on measurement of milk production in Merino ewes and its effect on fat content. Eight ewes were milked after an intra-venous injection of 2.0 International Units (I.U.) of oxytocin, then milked again after a further intra-venous injection of 0, 0.5, 1.0 and 5.0 I.U. of oxytocin, with the treatments allocated to a double Latin square design. The milk yielded at each treatment was recorded and samples of the milk were analysed for fat content. All oxytocin treatments significantly increased the amount of milk extracted (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-603
JournalCrop and Pasture Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1992


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