The effect of altered photoperiod of melatonin, either fed or implanted, on reproductive performance of ewes was evaluated during the 1985 and 1986 breeding seasons. Altered photoperiod (8 hr light : 16 hr dark) resulted in an increased number of breeding marks recorded and a higher lambing rate. However, lambing date was earlier than controls only in trial 2. In trial 2, 91% of the melatonin-implanted ewes lambed compared to 74% of the controls, while, in trail 1, 94% of the ewes receiving melatonin in the feed lambed vs 66% of the controls. Melatonin in either the implanted or fed form appeared ro have little effect on lambing date or number of lambs born in this study.
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Wolf, A. M. and Slyter, A. L., "The Influence of Photoperiod and Melatonin on Reproductive Performance of Anestrous Ewes" (1987). South Dakota Sheep Field Day Proceedings and Research Reports, 1987. 2.