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Prenatal assessment of weight and dimensions of the camel conceptus (Camelus dromedarius)

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Journal
Animal Reproduction Science
0378-4320
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Elsevier
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Volume
26
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DOI: 10.1016/0378-4320(91)90071-7

Abstract

Abstract Conceptuses were collected from 86 dromedary camels with unknown breeding dates. Each fetus was weighed and its body dimensions were measured. The sex, uterine position and location of the conceptuses were also determined. Results indicate that the coefficients of correlation between the crown-vertebral rump length (CVR) and other parameters (total conceptus length (BCVRT), weight, hump circumference (HC), chest circumference (CC), and the length of the radius and tibia) were highly significant ( P < 0.01). A previously reported method of predicting the age of the camel conceptus from its body dimensions was found to give estimates during early gestation that were felt to be inaccurate. Contrary to previous reports, pregnancies were located in the right horn in nearly 40% of the gravid uteri in the present study.

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