Review Article

Environmental and genetic factors influencing the rearing performance in mink (Neovison vison)

Lidia Felska-Błaszczyk  

Department of Animal Anatomy and Zoology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Animal Husbandry, West Pomeranian University of Technology, Klemensa Janickiego 33, 71-270 Szczecin, Poland

Abstract. The aim of this study was to indicate the relationship between various genetic and environmental factors and the results of kits rearing. Among the factors determining the degree of rearing of young kits, genetic factors should be mentioned, especially the color of the mink, and the environmental factors include: duration of labor, age of mothers, mating and laying time, length of pregnancy, litter size, nutrition, body condition the female and her milk yield, indoor microclimate, bacterial and viral diseases, or the care provided by the farm staff. As a result of the analysis, it can be concluded that the number of reared mink babies is influenced by both the color variety and a number of environmental factors, and the mink farmer's task is to get to know all these aspects and treat them comprehensively. The mink breeding should be carried out in such a way that the animal welfare is as good as possible, so that the females give birth to the healthiest and strongest litters.

Keywords: number of mink reared, mink mortality, color variety, mink reproduction


This Article

Received: 31 Aug 2021

Accepted: 8 Oct 2021

Published online: 17 Nov 2021

Accesses: 74

How to cite

Felska-Błaszczyk, L., (2021). Environmental and genetic factors influencing the rearing performance in mink (Neovison vison). Acta Sci. Pol. Zootechnica, 20(3), 5–14. DOI: 10.21005/asp.2021.20.3.01.