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Impact of prepartum body condition score loss on metabolic status during the transition period and subsequent fertility in Brown Swiss dairy cows

metabolic processes during the transition period to produce good quality colostrum and subsequently milk ( 31 ). Most cows suffer from clinical or subclinical hypocalcaemia during the first days of lactation, and total plasma calcium levels reach their physiological level 2 to 3 days after parturition ( 17 , 32 ). Clinical or subclinical hypocalcaemia negatively affects energy metabolism and the immune status of cows and a variable degree of Ca insufficiency impairs leukocyte activity ( 24 ). The body condition score (BCS) is a useful and simple method to assess an

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Relationship between the pre- and postpartum body condition scores and periparturient indices and fertility in high-yielding dairy cows

References 1. Adamski M.: Kondycja krów w okresie okołoporodowym a poziom wybranych parametrów krwi i płodności. Publication of the Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Wrocław, 2010, pp. 7-84. 2. Akbar H., Grala T.M., Vailati Riboni M., Cardoso F.C., Verkerk G., McGowan J., Macdonald K., Webster J., Schutz K., Meier S., Matthews L., Roche J.R., Loor J.J.: Body condition score at calving affects systemic and hepatic transcriptome indicators of inflammation and nutrient metabolism in grazing dairy cows. J

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Use of aVR and Jastrzębski algorithms in the classification of wide complex tachycardia in dogs – a preliminary study

algorithms as well as the VT score developed by Jastrzębski et al . ( 1 , 6 , 7 , 12 ). In veterinary medicine, no such algorithms are available, and the only parameter used for VT description is the duration of the QRS complexes. It is widely accepted that a duration of the QRS complex above 50 ms or 60 ms in large animals indicates a ventricular origin of the tachycardia ( 3 , 11 ). As previously mentioned, such an assumption may be erroneous due to preexisting or temporary interventricular conduction abnormalities, which could present with a similar ventricular

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Application of Intuitionistic Fuzzy Topsis Model for Troubleshooting an Offshore Patrol Boat Engine

-Based Syst., vol. 80, pp. 131-142, 2015. 18. D. O. Aikhuele and F. M. Turan, “A modified exponential score function for troubleshooting an improved locally made Offshore Patrol Boat engine,” J. Mar. Eng. Technol., vol. 4177, no. February, 2017. 19. Z. Xu, S. Member, and H. Liao, “Intuitionistic fuzzyanalytic hierarchy process,” IEEE Trans. Fuzzy Syst., vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 749-761, 2014. 20. D. O. Aikhuele and F. B. M. Turan, “An Improved Methodology for Multi-criteria Evaluations in the Shipping Industry,” Brodogradnja

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Power comparison of Rao′s score test, the Wald test and the likelihood ratio test in (2xc) contingency tables

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Body Condition and Fat Score in Local and Passage Populations of the Great Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus) During the Spring Migration in NE Bulgaria

. 2000. Bird station manual . SEEN, University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk. Chernetsov N. 1999. Timing of spring migration, body condition, and fat score in local and passage populations of the Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus on the Courish Spit . Avian Ecol. Behav. 2: 75-88. Dolnik V.R. 1975. [ Migratory disposition in birds .] Nauka, Moscow. (In Russian). Franson T., Jakobsson S. 1998. Fat storage in male Willow Warblers in spring: Do residence arrive lean or fat ? Auk 115: 759

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Elastographic and morphological testicular changes in hypothyroidism – an experimental study

processing. Section 4 μm thick were stained with haematoxylin and eosin (HE) and examined under an Olympus BX63 light microscope (Olympus Corporation, Japan). All morphological studies were made using a blank test method, and slides were decoded when the results were obtained. The slides were also analysed microscopically for evaluation of spermatogenesis according to the Johnsen score (JS) ( 15 ). Spermatogenesis was classified using a scale from 1 to 10 where these scores correspond to these criteria: score 10 – full spermatogenesis; score 9 – slightly impaired

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Body mass and fat score changes in recaptured birds during the autumn migration at the Cernek ringing station in Turkey

Body mass and fat score changes in recaptured birds during the autumn migration at the Cernek ringing station in Turkey

The fat level and the body mass of recaptured birds ringed at the Cernek Ringing Station are presented in this study. Data from autumns of 2003-2005 were analysed. Species of different migratory and feeding habits are compared. A total of 351 recaptures of the Blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla), Garden Warbler (S. borin), Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), Marsh Warbler (A. palustris) and Cetti's Warbler (Cettia cetti) were mist-netted and handled according to the South-East European Bird Migration Network (SEEN) standards.

The mean weight changes of the Reed Warbler and Marsh Warbler and those of the Blackcap and Garden Warbler were similar within each genus but higher in Sylvia spp. as compared to Acrocephalus spp. The recapture rate was the highest in the Cetti's Warbler but the mean weight increase was the lowest as this is essentially a sedentary species. The stopover duration differed among the species. The mean stopover length was similar within Acrocephalus spp. (8.5 days in the Reed Warbler, 6.4 days in the Marsh Warbler) and Sylvia spp. (5.6 days in the Blackcap, 5.4 days in the Garden Warbler) and different in the Cetti's Warbler (16.6 days).

Results indicate that migratory birds use Cernek location as refuelling station during the autumn migration and their fat level and body mass increase, but differ according to feeding and migrating habits.

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Life Cycle Assessment of Different Low-Temperature District Heating Development Scenarios: A Case Study of Municipality in Latvia

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Sustainable heating solutions involving renewable energy sources and low supply/return temperatures for district heating are evolving. Low temperature use in district heating allows reducing the heating operation costs significantly and at the same time holding the sustainability criteria. However, an in-depth study on environmental impacts during the life cycle of low temperature district heating was not conducted until now. Thus, this study aims to find the best development scenarios for development of local low temperature district heating. For this purpose, a methodology adopts life cycle analysis approach that allows assessing the environmental impacts according to a variety of environmental performance criterions. The results of the study showed an improvement in the overall environmental performance towards the transition of a conventional 3rd generation district heating to low temperature concept including the effects of reconstruction and modernization of the boiler house. A set of potential development is proposed. Specifically, the scenario implementing low temperature district heating with solar PV showed the best score for environmental performance. The scenario with implementation of low temperature district heating without solar PV did not show significant improvement in environmental performance under operation conditions of a pilot case study.

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Sensory and ATP derivative-based indicators for assessing the freshness of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and cod (Gadus morhua)

changes, but the latter is the primary determinant of shelf life ( Anacleto et al., 2011 ). The quality index method (QIM) is a scheme used to assess the freshness of fish based on scoring different sensory attributes (appearance, odour and texture) during storage ( Bremner, 1985 ). Assuming the quality index (QI) increases linearly with time, once the total score for fish at the end of their shelf life is established, the score obtained prior to this can be used to estimate the remaining shelf life ( Martinsdóttir et al., 2001 ). A similar approach, quantitative

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