Geoff N. Hinch

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Testing judgement biases of animals may provide insight into their affective states; however important questions about methodologies need to be answered. This experiment investigated the effect of repeated testing using unreinforced, ambiguous cues on the response of sheep to a go/no-go judgement bias test. Fifteen sheep were trained to differentiate(More)
Animal welfare research is now starting to measure the cognitive component of affective states in an effort to improve welfare assessments of animals. Twenty-six Romane ewe lambs were trained to a spatial location task previously demonstrated to test for judgement bias in sheep. This required a go/no-go response according to the location of a bucket in a(More)
There is accumulating evidence that leptin may be directly involved in pre-implantation embryonic development, however, it is unclear whether there is a concentration and stage-dependent regulatory pattern. In this study, the addition of 10 ng/ml human recombinant leptin to the culture medium significantly increased the percentage of two-cell mouse embryos(More)
Judgement bias has potential as a measure of affective state in animals. The serotonergic system may be one mechanism involved with the formation of negative judgement biases. It was hypothesised that depletion of brain serotonin would induce negative judgement biases in sheep. A dose response trial established that 40 mg/kg of p-Chlorophenylalanine (pCPA)(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy and bioavailability of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) when administered orally to sheep. DESIGN Randomised experimental design with four treatment groups: three NSAID groups and one control group (n = 10/group). The study animals were 40 18-month-old Merino ewes with an average weight of 31.4 ± 0.5 kg.(More)
Selection strategies for the genetic improvement of reproductive performance of sheep in Australia are discussed in the context of current and emerging industry practice. The predicted rates of gain in reproductive rate are compared with varying amounts of pedigree and performance records of relatives. The paper also considers the merits of exploiting(More)
Cryopreservation has become an integral component of any cell transplantation technique helping to overcome the issues associated with known spatial and temporal barriers between donor and recipient. The aim of this study was to develop a protocol for large quantity cryopreservation of bovine testicular germ cells. The impact of 3 different packaging(More)
Adhesion molecules are expressed by both adult and embryonic stem cells, with different classes of adhesion molecules involved in cell-membrane and intercellular contacts. In this study the expression of the adhesion molecule claudin-8 (CLDN8), a tight-junction protein, was investigated as a potential marker for undifferentiated spermatogonia in the bovine(More)
The number and size of free-range laying hen (Gallus gallus domesticus) production systems are increasing within Australia in response to consumer demand for perceived improvement in hen welfare. However, variation in outdoor stocking density has generated consumer dissatisfaction leading to the development of a national information standard on free-range(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the variation in immune competence of two Australian pig breeds. DESIGN A panel of immune tests were used to assess breed and sire differences in weaner piglets of Large White and Duroc breeds. PROCEDURE All piglets were immunised against porcine leptospirosis. Blood samples were taken for studies on lymphocyte phenotypes,(More)