Text and Data Mining valid from 2019-07-31
Received: 8 February 2019
Accepted: 16 July 2019
First Online: 31 July 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Animal care and tissue collection procedures followed the guidelines of the German Law of Animal Protection and the experimental protocol was approved by the Animal Care Committee of the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology as well as by the State Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Landesamt für Landwirtschaft, Lebensmittelsicherheit und Fischerei; LALLF M-V/TSD/7221.3–2.1-020/09). All animals used in this study belong to the Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN). The Animal Care Committee of the FBN has approved this procedure. The experimental protocol was carried out in accordance with the approved guidelines for safeguarding good scientific practice at the institutions in the Leibniz Association and the measures were taken to minimize pain and discomfort and accord with the guidelines laid down by the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC).
: Not applicable.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.