03/08/2017 Article in The Western Producer
10/07/2015 Interview on Seven Sharp
15/05/2015 Interview on The Farming Show
13/05/2015 Article in NZ Herald
13/05/2015 Interview in Manawatu Standard
27/08/2014 Featured in pheno (Allan Wilson Centre newsletter)
25/07/14 Dominion Post article
30/05/14 Radio NZ National Rural News
Transcript of audio:
A Massey University scientist says farmers could boost productivity by keeping sibling animals together during painful procedures such as docking and castration.
A PhD candidate, Mirjam Guesgen, has discovered lambs feel less pain when their siblings are close by.
Ms Guesgen says it is not clear why that happens, but a similar effect can be seen in human babies when they go though painful procedures if their mother is nearby.
She says reducing pain can boost productivity because the animal wastes less energy dealing with stress. Ms Guesgen also notes improved welfare can be a selling point for farmers.