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A note on sheltering behaviour by ewes before and after lambing

By J. C. Pollard, K. J. Shaw, R. P. Littlejohn

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The effects of lambing and lamb rearing on sheltering behaviour was investigated in multiparous Romney x Perendale crossbred ewes with either 9 (5 ewes) or 3 months (5) of wool growth during daylight hours for 6 weeks over the lambing period, in a pasture with little vegetative shelter but with a 3 m long corrugated iron and timber shelter. Use of the shelter (ewes in the shelter) and shelter frontage (ewes within 2 m of the front of the shelter), and weather conditions scored on subjective numerical scales, were recorded 6 times daily. There was a marked increase in shelter use from 0.8% during pregnancy to 21.9% (SED 3.5

Date 1999
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 61
Issue 4
Pages 313-318
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(98)00200-7
Language English
Author Address AgResearch, Invermay Agricultural Centre, Private Bag 50034, Mosgiel, New Zealand.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  3. Birth
  4. Climate
  5. Cold
  6. Lambs
  7. Mammals
  8. Maternal behavior
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Ruminants
  11. Sheep
  12. shelters
  13. Wool
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