Whilst it is recognised that maternal uterine capacity has a marked influence on offspring birth weight and size (Walton & Hammond 1938; Allen et al. 2002; Jenkinson et al. 2007, 2012; Sharma et al. 2012), Sharma et al. (2010) demonstrated in reciprocal embryo transfer experiments that the maternal uterine environment exerts an effect on embryonic growth by Day 19 in early gestation, when maternal uterine capacity is not a limiting factor.

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Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 73, Hamilton, 86-89, 2013
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