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A note on changes in ingestive behaviour of sheep following shearing

By G. W. Arnold

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The grazing behaviour and herbage intake of sheep grazing at 4 stocking rates were recorded before and after shearing in winter. Following shearing, grazing time was reduced but intake of OM/h increased at all stocking rates even though the amount of feed available was very low at the highest stocking rate. Energy balance was maintained at the 3 lowest stocking rates. At the highest stocking rate, the sheep were in poor condition and spent more time sheltering; time spent grazing was greatly reduced, energy balance was not maintained and 40% of the sheep died.

Date 1976
Publication Title Applied Animal Ethology
Volume 2
Issue 2
Pages 175-179
Language English
Author Address Div. of Land Resources Management, CSIRO, Wembley, W.A., Australia 6014.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Appetite
  4. Australasia
  5. Australia
  6. Clipping
  7. Commonwealth of Nations
  8. Developed countries
  9. Eating habits
  10. Grazing
  11. Intake
  12. Mammals
  13. Oceania
  14. OECD countries
  15. pastures
  16. peer-reviewed
  17. Sheep
  18. stocking rates
  19. time
  1. peer-reviewed