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  1. What is a lion worth to local people - quantifying of the costs of living alongside a top predator

    Contributor(s):: Jacobsen, K. S., Sandorf, E. D., Loveridge, A. J., Dickman, A. J., Johnson, P. J., Mourato, S., Contu, D., Macdonald, D. W.

  2. Dog behaviour prediction testing

    Contributor(s):: Florian, M., Kottferova, J.

  3. Cannibalism management of jundiĆ” fry, Rhamdia quelen: Behavior in heterogeneous batches fed on food with different particle sizes

    Contributor(s):: Costenaro-Ferreira, Cristiano, Oliveira, Rodrigo R. B., Oliveira, Paulo L. S., Hartmann, Gustavo J., Hammes, Fernanda B., Pouey, Juvêncio L. O. F., Piedras, Sérgio R. N.

    Fish reared in heterogeneous batches and fed on food with a very small particle size can practice cannibalism, because it is energetically more feasible. JundiĆ” is an omnivorous fish that exhibits heterogeneous growth and high cannibalism rate (CR) in the early stages of its life. Thus, to...

  4. Effects of variation in nest curtain design on pre-laying behaviour of domestic hens

    Contributor(s):: Ringgenberg, N., Frohlich, E. K. F., Harlander-Matauschek, A., Toscano, M. J., Wurbel, H., Roth, B. A.

    Laying hens in loose-housing systems select a nest daily in which to lay their eggs among many identical looking nests, they often prefer corner nests. We investigated whether heterogeneity in nest curtain appearance - via colours and symbols - would influence nest selection and result in an even...

  5. Density-dependent diet selection and body condition of cattle and horses in heterogeneous landscapes

    Contributor(s):: Cornelissen, P., Vulink, J. T.

    For some decades, grazing by cattle and horses is used as a management tool to achieve different nature management goals. For managers there are still questions to be answered about the effects of herbivore densities on their performance, vegetation development and biodiversity. This study...

  6. Parameters influencing service dogs' quality of response to commands: retrospective study of 71 dogs

    Contributor(s):: Dalibard, G. H.

  7. Animal Publics: Accounting for Heterogeneity in Political Life

    Contributor(s):: Blue, G.

  8. Social transmission of physiological and behavioural responses to castration in suckling Merino lambs

    | Contributor(s):: Colditz, I. G., Paull, D. R., Lee, C.

    In social species like sheep, social context can modify both physiological and behavioural responses to stressors and normal behavioural patterns. Presence of conspecifics can ameliorate responses to noxious stimuli, an effect termed social buffering, whereas the presence of a distressed...

  9. Heterogeneity and phylogenetic relationships of community-associated methicillin-sensitive/resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates in healthy dogs, cats and their owners

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    | Contributor(s):: Wan, M. T., Fu, S. Y., Lo, Y. P., Huang, T. M., Cheng, M. M., Chou, C. C.

    Aims: To investigate the distribution of staphylococcal enterotoxin genes (se) and the molecular features of community-associated methicillin-sensitive/resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MSSA/MRSA) isolates in the nostrils of healthy pets and their owners.Methods and...

  10. Effects of social behaviour on the spatial distribution of sheep grazing a complex vegetation mosaic

    | Contributor(s):: Sibbald, A. M., Oom, S. P., Hooper, R. J., Anderson, R. M.

    In complex environments, the spatial distribution of preferred food types will be a major factor influencing the distribution of foraging animals. However, in highly social animals, such as sheep, social interactions may modify foraging behaviour and hence influence both where animals feed and...

  11. A note on using a laser-based technique for recording of behaviour and location of free-ranging animals

    | Contributor(s):: Fehmi, J. S., Laca, E. A.

    We developed a precise, remote (up to 300 m) observation system to record animal location and behaviour that requires no animal handling or disruption of the normal environment. Our system, combining a survey laser and a laptop, also allows recording of observed animal behaviour from seconds to...

  12. Foraging in a heterogeneous environment - an experimental study of the trade-off between intake rate and diet quality

    | Contributor(s):: Edouard, N., Duncan, P., Dumont, B., Baumont, R., Fleurance, G.

    Among the factors determining the choice of feeding sites by herbivores, the rate of intake of net energy and nutrients is a major one. For grazers, patches of tall grasses are ingested faster, but are digested less fully because of their high fibre contents; conversely, short grass is highly...

  13. The effect of the spatial scale of heterogeneity of two herbage species on the grazing behaviour of lactating sheep

    | Contributor(s):: Champion, R. A., Orr, R. J., Penning, P. D., Rutter, S. M.

    The benefits of including clover in sheep pasture are well known, this study investigates a method to enhance these benefits by facilitating diet selection. Lactating ewes and their twin lambs grazed ryegrass (G; Lolium perenne cultivar 'Parcour') and white clover (C; Trifolium repens cultivar...

  14. Dogs, cats and horses: their different representations in the minds of typical and clinical populations of children

    | Contributor(s):: Maurer, M., Delfour, F., Wolff, M., Adrien, J. L.

    Programs using dogs, cats, and horses as adjuncts in educational or therapeutic activities for children are well documented, even if little is known about the distinction made by children with regard to specific animals. This study explores children's thoughts about these three different animals....

  15. How to deal with complex data of skin lesions in weaner pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Baumgartner, J.

    Skin lesions of pigs can be used as an indicator of their ability to adapt to the social and physical environment. A total of 315 weaner pigs were assigned to one of three treatments: groups of nine piglets from one litter (9 s), mixed groups of nine piglets from three litters (9 m) or mixed...

  16. Welfare assessment in extensive animal production systems: challenges and opportunities

    | Contributor(s):: Turner, S. P., Dwyer, C. M.

    The welfare of animals in extensive systems has received little attention despite significant welfare challenges in these environments. Additionally, recent reform of Common Agricultural Policy payments in the EU have put increasing financial emphasis on farmers to attain improved levels of...