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maternity

noun fertility, motherhood, motherliness, parenthood, propagation, reproduction

MATERNITY. The state or condition of a mother.
     2. It is either legitimate or natural. The former is the condition of the mother who has given birth to legitimate children, while the latter is the condition of her who has given birth to illegitimate children. Maternity is always certain, while the paternity (q.v.) is only presumed.

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In the perfect world, cows would never calve in the muddiest area of the lot, and all animals would have individual maternity pens.
UVAS has already constructed a milking parlor, calving and maternity pens, free stalls and the majority of the infrastructure requirements for the farm.
An important consideration regarding the floor for piglets in maternity pens is the need for sufficient space for all pigs to lie down at the same time and a solid or coated floor.