May 28, 2014

What’s That Smell? Lady Goats Love It At Least

It turns out lady goats go ga-ga over males’ hairy stench! This smell may be pretty repulsive to us humans, but researchers at the University of Tokyo say that this particular pheromone activates the central reproductive axis in female goats. They found that this pheromone released by male goats’ head skin has the power to turn on a hormone in the female goats’ brains that governs the reproductive endocrine system. They say that this new knowledge may one day help farmers to more precisely control the reproduction of their herds. And they say that it’s likely this type of pheromonal effect is present in other livestock and maybe even humans.

[ Read the Article: Female Goats Go GaGa Over Males’ Hairy Head Stench ]

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