Reproductive and maternal behavior of livestock

Chenoweth, Peter J., Landaeta-Hernández, Antonio, and Flöercke, Cornelia (2014) Reproductive and maternal behavior of livestock. In: Grandin, Temple, and Deesing, Mark J., (eds.) Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals. Academic Press, London, UK, pp. 159-194.

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Abstract

This chapter describes the reproductive and maternal behaviors of different livestock species (cattle, horses, pigs, goats, and water buffalo) with an emphasis on those traits which are genetically conserved. All of the species discussed are polygynous and promiscuous, and females undergo estrous cycles in which males are mainly attracted by movement and posture cues. Major differences in both reproductive and maternal behaviors are observed between "prey" and "predator" type species. Genetic variation also occurs within species, with breed and line differences being observed in all of the behaviors discussed, allowing selection for optimal reproductive and maternal behaviors. However, modern livestock systems, which emphasize production traits, can diminish reproductive and maternal traits and increase detrimental behaviors, such as piglet crushing and savaging in sows. With modern selection tools, greater emphasis on positive reproductive and maternal traits is achievable within the context of profitable production.

Item ID: 40997
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-12-394586-0
Keywords: genetics, livestock, maternal behavior, reproductive behavior
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 02:59
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070206 Animal Reproduction @ 20%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070201 Animal Breeding @ 60%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070203 Animal Management @ 20%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8399 Other Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 839999 Animal Production and Animal Primary Products not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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