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Mother-offspring bonding in farmed red deer: accuracy of visual observation verified by DNA analysis

By D. Vankova, L. Bartos, D. Cizova-Schroffelova, F. Nespor, O. Jandurova

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The accuracy of a maternity assessment based on visual observation was tested during the post parturient phase in farmed red deer in Czech Republic [date not given]. The mother of the calf was determined using visual observation of the hind's peri-parturient and early maternal behaviour during the first week of the calf's life. This assessment was compared with genetic analysis based on DNA microsatellite polymorphism. Data for 48 new-born calves and 50 hinds were compared. The visual assessment of maternity was correct in 43 of the 48 cases (89.58%). In the 5 remaining cases the mother was identified by DNA testing whereas adoptive mother was determined by visual observation. Altogether 14 cases of adoption were seen in this study and in 9 cases the biological mother was correctly determined by visual observation. Detailed observation of the hind-calf interactions during calving and the first week after the parturition allowed an accurate prediction of maternity. However, such observation is technically demanding.

Date 2001
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 73
Issue 2
Pages 157-165
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(01)00125-3
Language English
Author Address Ethology group, Research Institute of Animal Production, Prague 10-Uhrineves, Czech Republic.
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  1. Accuracy
  2. Adoption
  3. Animal behavior
  4. Animal genetics
  5. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  6. Czech Republic
  7. Deer
  8. Developed countries
  9. DNA
  10. Europe
  11. Genetic markers
  12. Genetics
  13. Hinds
  14. Mammals
  15. Maternal behavior
  16. OECD countries
  17. peer-reviewed
  18. polymorphism
  19. Ruminants
  1. peer-reviewed