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Group housing is becoming the standard for many farm animal species, as it is seen as a more welfare friendly way of keeping gregarious animals. Aggression between female breeding rabbits currently obstructs the implementation of group housing for this species. Lack of social experience during the...

Buijs, S.; Vangeyte, J.; Tuyttens, F. A. M.
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2016, 182, pp 53-60

Social interactions among individuals are common both in plants and animals. With social interactions, the trait value of an individual may be influenced by the genes of its interacting partners, a phenomenon known as indirect genetic effects (IGE). An IGE is heritable effect of an individual on...

Alemu, S. W.
Wageningen University, Wageningen, Netherlands
Indirect genetic effects in group-housed animals, 2015, pp 228 pp.
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The purpose of this study was to examine the lack of breeding in a herd of seven rhino, kept on a game ranch in Zimbabwe. The herd of four females and three males spent the day out on the ranch herded under armed guard and the night penned to protect them from poachers. Despite all females showing...

Randle, H. D.; Kiley-Worthington, M.
Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland, London, UK
Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Symposium on Zoo Research, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton, Devon, UK, 6-7th July 2000, 2000, pp 73-82

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