Cross-Fostering

Cross-Fostering

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Cross-fostering is a technique used in, Animal husbandry, genetic and nature versus nurture studies, and conservation, whereby offspring are removed from their biological parents at birth and raised by surrogates. This can also occasionally occur in nature. Cross-fostering young animals is usually done to equalize litter size. Individual animals born in large litters are faced with much more competition for resources, such as breast milk, food and space, than individuals born in smaller litters. Herd managers will typically move some individuals from a large litter to a smaller litter where they will be raised by a non-biological parent. This is typically done in pig farming because litters with up to 15 piglets are common. A sow with a large litter may have difficulty producing enough milk for all piglets, or the sow may not have enough functional teats to feed all piglets simultaneously. When this occurs, smaller or weaker piglets are at risk of starving to death.show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 8mm | 204g
  • Aud Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6134948438
  • 9786134948432