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Ovarian antral follicular dynamics in Ankamali Pigs

Author(s): Sowmya Narayan | M Narayana Swamy and T. Veena

Journal: Veterinary World
ISSN 0972-8988

Volume: 4;
Issue: 6.000;
Start page: 264;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Ovarian follicles | follicular dynamics | South Indian Pig | Ankamali pigs |

The present study was designed with the objective of understanding the ovarian antral follicular dynamics in Ankamali pigs, an indigenous south Indian breed of pig, that derives its name from Ankamali block in the Ernakulam district of Kerala, also found in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, parts of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. For the present study, the ovaries were collected from apparently healthy, non pregnant, cyclic and middle aged (2 to 5 years) Ankamali pigs slaughtered at civil meat processing and production centre, Frazer town, Bangalore during the month of February to May 2010. The February month was transition month from winter to summer and the month of March, April and May were considered as summer months. A total of 640 ovaries were collected and the surface antral follicles on the ovaries were classified into Group I (small,
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