Withholding of food and water, or fasting, of sheep for up to 24 hours is a practice commonly employed in the agricultural industry and research sectors. Farmers routinely fast sheep before shearing, pregnancy scanning and transport. Further, with relatively large numbers of animals involved in some experiments, duration of weighing and manipulation time can vary, which may interfere with a comparison of live weight measurements. The determination of the rate of liveweight loss will allow live weights to be corrected to... Continued

DL, Burnham, PCH Morel, PR Kenyon, ST Morris, and KJ Stafford

Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 69, Christchurch, 112-114, 2009
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