Checking in with Emily

Last week I started my research on the calves of the cows that were on one of two feeding regiments, restricted or maintenance.  We are checking to see if the restriction on the cow’s nutrition had any side effects of their calves.  We are taking two blood samples from each calf every month via jugular vein.  We are running the samples down and obtaining blood serum and plasma for testing.  Along with taking blood samples, we are taking their weight, hip height, crown to rump length, wither height, and heart girth circumference.  Through these measurements and blood samples we are trying to see if the calves from maintenance cows are developing faster than those of restricted cows. 

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