Special Issue "Developmental Programming: Associations between Maternal Characteristics and Development of Their Offspring"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.
In order to improve the efficiency of meat and milk production and sustainability of the livestock industry, optimal development of the young animal is critical. However, environmental factors and signals arising from the dam during pregnancy can potentially affect metabolism, growth, gut development, and health of the offspring both in the short- and long-term. Factors such as nutrition, environmental temperature, social insults, parity number, and disease could have a lifelong programming effect on the animal phenotype.
Management interventions to mitigate the negative consequences of different factors and signals during pregnancy on the offspring early and later in life are invaluable. Furthermore, the most sensitive period of gestation and the underlying mechanisms by which the various factors and signals might control the expression of metabolic, neurochemical, and behavioral phenotypes need to be further elucidated.
In this Special Issue, we invite authors to submit original research articles and reviews that focus on prenatal period and subsequent growth, performance, health, and overall welfare of the offspring in livestock (beef and dairy cattle, sheep, goats, pigs) species.
Prof. Dr. Zhijun Cao
Prof. Dr. James K Drackley
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- developmental programming
- maternal effects
- beef cattle
- dairy cattle