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Use of shelter and selection of lambing sites by shorn and unshorn ewes in paddocks with closely or widely spaced shelters

By G. Alexander, J. J. Lynch, B. E. Mottershead

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In late winter sheep spent more time sheltering behind phalaris hedges set 20 m apart than behind those set 240 m apart, but spent more time behind the latter than behind plastic mesh screens set at the same distance. About half the ewes isolated themselves for lambing, which took place near boundary fences or shelters, particularly at the uphill, eastern end of the paddocks. It is concluded that shelter provided near preferred lambing areas reduce lamb mortality in inclement weather.

Date 1979
Publication Title Applied Animal Ethology
Volume 5
Issue 1
Pages 51-69
Language English
Author Address CSIRO Div. Anim. Prod., Ian Clunies Ross Anim. Res. Lab., PO Box 239, Blacktown, NSW 2148, Australia.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Birth
  3. Body temperature
  4. Cold
  5. Grasses
  6. Lambs
  7. Mammals
  8. peer-reviewed
  9. Plants
  10. Sheep
  11. winter
  12. Wool
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