Measurement and error of hoof horn growth rate in sheep
Shelton, J., Usherwood, N. M., Wapenaar, W., Brennan, M. L. and Green, Laura E.. (2012) Measurement and error of hoof horn growth rate in sheep. Journal of Agricultural Science, Vol.150 (No.3). pp. 373-378. ISSN 0021-8596
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0021859611000748
Determining the rate of hoof horn growth in sheep is important to understand the physiology and pathology of the foot and the impact of the environment and treatment of diseased feet on foot health. It could lead to improved understanding of the interaction between hoof horn and pasture / barn floor characteristics and in methods for prevention and treatment of ovine foot diseases. In this study, the hoof horn was measured using a previously tested protocol on all eight digits of 21 healthy yearling mule ewes on a farm in North Wales on four occasions over a period of 53 days. The mean hoof horn growth rate was 0.11 mm (s.e. 0.02) per day; the residual error variance was 0.024 and the R2 24.5%. There were no significant differences between hoof horn growth rates in front and hind feet or between medial and lateral claws or over time.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||S Agriculture > SF Animal culture|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Life Sciences (2010- )|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Hoofs -- Growth, Sheep -- Growth|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Agricultural Science|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Official Date:||12 June 2012|
|Page Range:||pp. 373-378|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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