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Applications of ultrasonography in the reproductive management of Dux magnus gentis venteris saginati
  1. A. M. King, BVMS, DipECVDI, MVM, DVR, MRCVS1,
  2. L. Cromarty, BSc1,
  3. C. Paterson, MVM1 and
  4. J. S. Boyd, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Institute of Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow Veterinary School, Bearsden Road, Glasgow G61 1QH
  1. No haggii were harmed during this study. Hagglet 9 has been rehomed to a little old lady in Plockton who has called him Hamish, and he is living happily on a diet of hand-picked heather and Old Pulteney.
  2. On a serious note, this work is entirely fictitious (apart from one scientific fact — haggis contains too much fat and air for ultrasound to penetrate at diagnostic ranges). It is being published to coincide with Burns Night (January 25) and its intent is pure and harmless fun.


Dux magnus gentis venteris saginati is considered to be a Scottish delicacy; however, depleting wild stocks have resulted in attempts to farm them. Selective breeding has been successful in modifying behaviour, increasing body length, reducing hair coat and improving fank (litter) size. However, there are still significant problems associated with the terrain in which they are farmed. This article describes the use of ultrasonography in the reproductive management of this species and the introduction of new genetic material in an attempt to address these problems, with the aim of improving welfare and productivity.

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