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Luis Mesas Mora

Luis Mesas Mora (Norel).



Flavor imprinting in piglets

A familiar taste might increase feed intake in weaned pigs, but the technology still faces challenges in application.
The zoologist Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989) described imprinting as early learning that happens at the moment of birth, when the animal identifies the surrounding environment through its senses and records these first perceptions to learn. The duration of this learning period may vary depending on the species, but it is an irreversible biological learning by which young animals identify themselves with their parents and learn from them through imitation and observation.
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