Two distinct experiments were conducted. Experiment 1
was conducted to investigate the effects of nutritional
conditioning and flushing as a means of improving reproductive
performance of female mink. In Exp. 2, vegetable oil and corn
syrup were fed during lactation to ascertain whether this
nutritional regimen would improve growth of...
Inclusion of substantial levels of raw-frozen Pacific hake
(Merluccius productus) in diets of ranch-raised mink (Mustela vison)
causes a large percentage of animals to develop an abnormal condition
termed "cotton fur" (CF), characterized by depressed body
weight, microcytic-hypochromic anemia and a failure of under-fur
pigmentation. Observations by several groups of...
The "cotton fur" (CF) condition in mink has been shown through
investigations at Oregon State University to have three basic causes,
viz.: 1) Feeding diets of fish comprising certain species of the cod
family, including: Pacific hake, Atlantic whiting and Alaskan pollock;
2) Inclusion of rancid fats in the diet;...
The relationship of glucocorticoid secretion to light-induced,
early-winter priming of pelage in ranch mink was investigated. Sixteen
Standard Dark, mature, female mink were exposed to natural light conditions
of 45° North latitude beginning on December 13, 1977. A 2x4 cm
area of the right hip of each animal was sheared...
Experiments were conducted to determine: 1) the effects of exogenous melatonin and reduced photoperiod on molting and growth of the winter pelage (fur) and 2) whether changes in serum prolactin levels of treated and control mink during this same period were correlated with growth of winter fur. Adult and kit...
Published January 1961. Facts and recommendations in this publication may no longer be valid. Please look for up-to-date information in the OSU Extension Catalog: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog
A general survey of mink farming practices in Oregon was made from visits to fur farms and by the raising of these animals at the Oregon State College Experimental Fur Farm. A history of mink farming in Oregon is presented. Special attention is given to ranch organization, equipment and housing...
Fannie canicularis is concentrated in areas where animal
husbandry is practiced and frequently comprises more than 50
percent of the fly population. There is a need for more critical
fly control where suburban expansion has invaded animal raising
regions. The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of...