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Effect of Birth Weight and Human Socialization on Reproductive Performance of Adult A.I. Boars.
Contributor(s):: Nikhol Elizabeth Dysart
The objective of this study was to examine the effect of birth weight and socialization prior to puberty on reproductive performance of A.I. boars. Twenty boars were randomly allocated to a factorial arrangement of treatments including birth weight (BW: High or Low) and socialization to...
Growth and Age at Reproductive Maturity of the Carolina Pigmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus m. miliarius (Reptilia: Serpentes)
Contributor(s):: Kevin Robert Messenger
Growth and age at reproductive maturity are life history attributes that play an important role in the development of proper management strategies. The Carolina Pigmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus m. miliarius, is one of two dwarf rattlesnake species. The subspecies ranges from eastern NC to nearly the...
Variables Influencing Nest Success of Eastern Wild Turkeys in Connecticut: Nesting Habitat, Home Range-Scale Fragmentation, and Nest Attentiveness
Contributor(s):: Shelley M. Spohr, Daniel J. Harrison (adviser), Frederick A. Servello (adviser)
Nest success is the most important demographic parameter influencing rates of population change of eastern wild turkeys and many variables operating at multiple spatial and temporal scales may influence whether a nest is successful. Most studies of nest success and survival of turkeys have...
An integrative analysis of reproduction and stress in free-living male cottonmouths, Agkistrodon piscivorus
Contributor(s):: Sean Patrick Graham
I conducted an integrative field study on male cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus), a common pitviper of the southeastern United States, to investigate the evolution of contrasting mating patterns in North American pitvipers (bimodal and unimodal annual patterns) and resolve conflicting...
Improving beef cattle performance on tall fescue
Contributor(s):: Brian Thomas Campbell
The overall goal of the studies described in this dissertation was to improve beef production of cows grazing endophyte infected tall fescue either through management practices or through identifying markers for genetic selection. Experiment 1 investigated differences in spring and fall calving...
Reproductive diseases of dairy cattle
Contributor(s):: Christina Suzanne Tortosa, Edwin Jaster (adviser)
The efficiency of today's dairy has increased due to the growing number of cows per herd and the production of pounds of milk per cow. Increased milk production however has resulted in a reduction of conception rates causing a loss of income for the dairy producer since the dairy industry relies...