Reproduction-Related

Includes refinements to practices related to breeding, infant rearing, nursing, weaning, etc.

Preece, C., Alghadban, S., Bouchareb, A. et al. 2021. Replacement of surgical vasectomy through the use of wild-type sterile hybrids. Lab Animal 50(2), 49-52.

For the production and rederivation of mouse strains, pseudopregnant female mice are used for embryo transfer and serve as surrogate mothers to support embryo development to term. Vasectomized males are commonly used to render pseudopregnancy...

Zobel, G., Proudfoot, K., Cave, V. et al. 2020. The use of hides during and after calving in New Zealand dairy cows. Animals 10(12), 2255.

Isolation during calving is a common dairy cow behavior, however it has not been examined in large outdoor group settings. The provision of “hides” was monitored for its impact on calving location and cow–calf behavior...

Borell, E. V., Bonneau, M., Holinger, M. et al. 2020. Welfare aspects of raising entire male pigs and immunocastrates. Animals 10(11), 2140.

For a long time, scientists assumed that newborns have a severely limited sense of pain (if any). However, this assumption is wrong and led to a “start of the exit” from piglet surgical castration. Some...