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Composition of Milk and Blood in Nursing White-Tailed Does and Blood Composition of Their Fawns

William G. Youatt, Louis J. Verme and Duane E. Ullrey
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan., 1965), pp. 79-84
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3798634
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3798634
Page Count: 6
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Composition of Milk and Blood in Nursing White-Tailed Does and Blood Composition of Their Fawns
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Abstract

The results of a study of two groups of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) at the Cusino Wildlife Experiment Station of the Michigan Department of Conservation indicate that acute food shortages during pregnancy do not reduce milk nutritive value and adversely affect newborn fawns. Deer produce milk of uniform quality regardless of dietary differences during pregnancy. Variation in milk composition occurs over the course of normal lactation; high concentrations of constituents result when milking ceases abruptly. The blood composition of nursing does remains relatively stable during the 3-week postpartum period. The newborn fawn's blood changes progressively in cellular content and serum chemistry.

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