Invitation to the dissertation thesis defence of Abubakar Sadiq Musa

We are pleased to invite you to attend the dissertation thesis defence of Ing. Abubakar Sadiq Musa on ”Effects of routine Handling in the husbandry of common eland” (Animal Science and Food Processing, Tropical Agrobiology and Bioresource Management). Thesis defence will take place on 7.5.2024 at 12:00 AM, Meeting Room 401 FTA.

In the global wildlife enterprise, there is a growing opportunity for intensified game farming, particularly with species like common eland (Taurotragus oryx). Thus, success in intensification relies heavily on the ability to handle these large bovids effectively while maintaining their welfare. In light of this, the present study examines methods and factors affecting the ease of handling, social interaction, and overall harmony of common eland in an intensive management system, crucial for animal welfare. Two research studies led to the entirety of the present study: One evaluated the effects of routine handling and immunocastration on temperament during handling, social behaviour and activity budgets of eland, finding minimal impact; the other studied the effect of routine handling and social dominance on blood biochemistry, noting no effect on social rank but some stress-related changes. Overall, routine handling led to a gradual improvement in temperament over time while immunocastration ameliorated agonistic behaviour in the studied animals with minimal effect on their activity. Although there is optimism for integrating common eland into intensive game production, further research is needed to understand the impact of traditional husbandry management on their welfare and productivity.

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