Nest building in farm mink - an investigation of female mink’s motivation for nest building and its effect on offspring survival

PhD defence, Tuesday 13 November 2018, Toke Munk Schou.

2018.11.13 | Olivia Elsebeth Belling-Nami

Toke Munk Schou.

During his studies, Toke Munk Schou researched stressors potentially influencing mink dam’s welfare and offspring survival. Maternal care and nest climate are expected to be important for the survival of the offspring. Mink dams build elaborated nests for the protecting of her litter. Toke studied mink dams’ motivation for nest building and how the nest climate affects newborn offspring’s survival, growth and behaviour.

The new findings can contribute with new knowledge into the subject of nesting material management on mink farms. By management, it is possible to meet female mink’s motivations for nest building and to improve reproduction, including offspring survival.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Animal Science – Behaviour and Stressbiology, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Tuesday 13 November 2018 at 10.00
Place: Auditorium, Blichers Allé 20, Aarhus University, 8830 Tjele.
Title of PhD thesis: Maternal behaviour and dam stressors as factors influencing offspring viability in farmed mink (Neovison vison)

Contact information: Toke Munk Schou, e-mail:, tel.: +45 24615504
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Lena Lidfors, Department of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Sweden.
Research Director Raymond Nowak, Institute of Reproductive and Behavioural Physiology Research Unit, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, France.
Senior Researcher Mette S. Herskin (chair), Department of Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University.
Supervisor: Senior Researcher Jens Malmkvist, Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD thesis will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520 and 1521, 8000 Aarhus C.

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Revised 12.11.2018