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Mothers Matter

Mothers Matter logoScientists have known for years that the conditions experienced by women during pregnancy affect their unborn children. Mothers are advised to take care with what they eat, and to avoid stressful situations where possible.

There is a growing body of research indicating that the same is also true in farm animals. The feeding, husbandry, health, and housing conditions which pregnant farm animals experience can influence the health, welfare and productivity of their progeny after they are born.

SRUC has started the ‘Mothers Matter’ campaign to draw attention to these issues and explain what the risks are. Here you can find pdf versions of our leaflets, learning resources and more information.

Further Information

Science Behind Campaign

Warthog and piglets

Prenatal effects are events which occur before birth which affect the offspring after it is born.

SRUC Work

Blackface sheep

A list of scientific papers that SRUC has published.

Related Work

Beef cows in the sun

A list of scientific papers which relate to prenatal effects in farm animals.

Dr Kenneth Rutherford

Researcher

Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG

Telephone: 0131 651 9345

Fax: 0131 535 3121

E-mail: kenny.rutherford@sruc.ac.uk

Dr Jill MacKay

Research Assistant

Address: Animal & Veterinary Sciences, SRUC, Roslin Institute Building, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG

Telephone: 01316517396

E-mail: jill.mackay@sruc.ac.uk