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#2191092 - 08/11/17 07:34 PM Fetal studies
bamaeyedoc Offline
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Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 6714
Loc: Montgomery
What other info are researchers looking for when doing fetal studies? I mean after 1000's of does killed across the state over the past decades, certainly the pattern of conception dates has been established by now. Just seems like a waste of resources and animals if that's the only thing they are looking at. Maybe effects of drought on reproductive rates and other things?

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#2191100 - 08/11/17 07:38 PM Re: Fetal studies [Re: bamaeyedoc]
jlbuc10 Offline
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Registered: 11/04/10
Posts: 7351
Loc: Auburn
Nighthunter took the weight of the fat around the heart and kidneys I belive, of the mothers to asses the health of the herd and make harvest recommendation

#2191145 - 08/11/17 08:23 PM Re: Fetal studies [Re: bamaeyedoc]
Yelp softly Online   content
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Registered: 02/16/07
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They could still be testing to see if the rut dates are changing. I heard BSK give a presentation years ago that rut dates could be shifted as the sex ratio gets closer to 1:1. If the increase in doe harvest is shifting the sex ratios, there's a legitimate chance that the conception dates are not the same as they were 10 years ago. That's my thoughts. I think that was one of the main factors in the decision to increase the doe limit years ago.
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#2191172 - 08/11/17 08:41 PM Re: Fetal studies [Re: Yelp softly]
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What I've read and heard at seminars is primary rut dates shift very little. However, the closer the sex ratio gets to 1 to 1 the shorter and intense the breeding period will be.

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