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'Libido' in the larger farm animals: a review

By M. Wodzicka-Tomaszewska, R. Kilgour, M. Ryan

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Abstract

The term 'libido', first used by Freud to refer to the force by which the sexual instinct is represented in the mind, has become more and more used to refer to some aspects of sexual behaviour in large domestic animals. From being a wide, rather imprecise term, it has come to be defined in a variety of ways in each species, and this can lead to ambiguity and imprecision in communication. Its use in assessing attributes of the male sexual behaviour of sheep, cattle, pigs and horses is reviewed. Tests of its assessment, and the factors which influence 'libido' in each species, are discussed within the context of the species' ethogram.

Date 1981
Publication Title Applied Animal Ethology
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 203-238
Language English
Author Address Ruakura Anim. Res. Sta., P.B., Hamilton, New Zealand.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animal reproduction
  4. Boars
  5. Bulls
  6. Cattle
  7. Estrous cycle
  8. Fertility.
  9. Hormones
  10. Horses
  11. Instincts
  12. Libido
  13. Male animals
  14. Mammals
  15. Mating behavior
  16. nomenclature
  17. Nutrition
  18. peer-reviewed
  19. rams
  20. Reviews
  21. seasons
  22. Sexual behavior
  23. sexuality
  24. Sexual practices
  25. Sheep
  26. Social behavior
  27. Swine
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