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Effects of individual vs. group rearing on the sexual behaviour of prepuberal beef bulls: mount orientation and sexual responsiveness

By G. V. Silver, E. O. Price

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Ten Hereford bulls were reared from birth in 2 groups of 5 animals, and 10 bulls were physically isolated in individual pens. At 3, 4.5 and 6 months of age, they were all exposed to adult oestrous [female][female]. Individually-raised bulls initially exhibited a significantly higher proportion of disoriented (side) mounts toward the oestrous [female][female] than the group-reared animals. The proportion of rear-oriented mounts by individually-reared animals increased with mounting experience, whereas the behaviour of group-raised animals did not change over time.

Date 1986
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 15
Issue 3
Pages 287-294
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Animal Science Department, University of California, Davis, California 95616, USA.
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  1. Animal reproduction
  2. Cattle
  3. Housing
  4. Males
  5. Mammals
  6. peer-reviewed
  7. Sexual behavior
  8. sexuality
  9. Sexual practices
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