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mat·ing

(māt'ing),
The pairing of male and female for the purpose of reproduction.

mating

/mat·ing/ (māt´ing) pairing of individuals of opposite sexes, especially for reproduction.
assortative mating , assorted mating, assortive mating the mating of individuals having similar qualities or constitutions.
random mating  the mating of individuals without regard to any similarity between them.

mating

[mā′ting]
Etymology: D, mate, companion
the pairing of individuals of the opposite sex, primarily for purposes of reproduction.

mating

The pairing of male and female organisms for reproduction.

mat·ing

(māt'ing)
The pairing of male and female for the purpose of reproduction.

mating

  1. any reproduction involving two sexes.
  2. (in lower organisms) reproduction between types that differ in physiology but not in physical form.
  3. (in birds and mammals) the behavioural process of pair-formation rather than of copulation leading to sexual reproduction.

mating

sexual union by vagina between male and female. Called also breeding, covering, joining, serving.

mating ability
artificial mating
mating behavior
in the female consists mostly of evading male advances while in proestrus and until she is in estrus when she stands quietly and copulation occurs. In males early attempts at mating occur during the females' proestrus; copulation behavior is very variable between species but generally consists of seeking, intromission, thrusting and a period of ejaculation which is very brief in ruminants, brief in horses, prolonged in pigs and very prolonged due to the development of the copulatory tie in dogs. Mating behavior in cats is the most demonstrative of all the species; the queen actively seeks the tom; copulation is very quick and characterized by the tom grasping the queen's neck nape with his teeth. During the queen's estrus period copulation usually occurs many times.
double mating
putting the female to the male twice at an interval of some hours or days to optimize the chances of conception.
mating failure
incomplete mating for any one of several causes and at any one of the several stages of the mating act.
free mating
see paddock mating (below).
hand mating
mating in which the female is detected to be in estrus and is then handheld while she is mated or is let into a paddock or pen with a male, where she is the only female. Mating is observed and can be guaranteed to have occurred. It also allows accurate recording of the day and genetics of breeding as opposed to pen mating (below).
mating harness
hobbles and sidelines are often used on mares to prevent them from kicking the stallion.
paddock mating
males and females are allowed to run uncontrolled at pasture. The percentage of males to females varies between 1% and 5% in sheep and cattle. Called also free mating.
pen mating
in species other than pigs, this form of mating is synonymous with hand mating (above). In swine, the boar is placed in a pen with a group of sows for breeding. Not all sows may be bred and the day of breeding may not be seen.
seasonal mating
the males are put in with the females only at particular times of the year in order to match good feed supplies with the arrival of lambs or with a need for maximum ovulation and fertilization.
mating tie
see copulatory tie.

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