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Lecture 9

ANSC 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Flehmen Response, Defecation, Urination

Animal Science
Course Code
ANSC 101
Kasey Moyes

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Why is behavior important to study?
Allows you to know what “normal” is
Can aid in identifying animals which are showing signs of distress
Aids in making management decisions to improve welfare or productivity
Sexual behavior
Useful in implementing breeding programs
o Chemicals which attract the opposite sex
o Work only within a species
o Released from special glands, or in saliva, excretions, and secretions
Sexual behavior females
Estrus period of male receptivity
How do we know?
o Females seek out males
o Standing heat
o Winking
o Courtship sequence
Correct mating behaviors
o For Al can be learned early
Sexual behavior males
Determine when a female is in heat through visual and olfactory cues
How do males detect a female in heat?
o Flehmen response
o Observing mountings, standing, or fighting
Care-giving behavior
Useful in recognizing improper maternal care
Most often performed by mother
o Cleaning after birth
o Stimulation to nurse
o Aggression towards strangers
o Weaning
Care-soliciting behavior
Young animals cry out for help when disturbed, distressed, or hungry
The way offspring nurses allows for recognition by smell by mother
Dam and offspring recognize vocalizations
Agnostic behavior
Useful in managing housing of animals
Fight or flight and aggressive and passive behaviors
Interactions with other animals:
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