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Behavior of lambs in rest pens during long-distance transport

By P. D. Krawczel, T. H. Friend, G. S. Archer

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The aim of this study was to determine how one group of lambs utilized 2 consecutive rest periods in novel environments with access to food and water that occurred during 22 hr of motor transport. The 18.5+or-0.6 kg lambs (n=15) were transported for 8 hr and then unloaded for a 6-hr rest period. After 6 hr, the lambs were reloaded for another 8 hr of transport followed by a 24-hr rest period. Reloading for a second 8 hr of transport followed the initial rest period. The percentage of lambs engaged in drinking, eating, lying, playing, or "other" was determined at 15-min intervals. During the 6-hr rest period, peak lying behaviour occurred during the 2nd and 6th hr of the period. During the first 6 hr of the 24-hr rest period, the percentage of lambs lying increased while the percentage of lambs eating decreased. In addition, the percentage of lambs lying during the first 6 hr of the 24-hr rest period was greater than during the 6-hr rest period. Lying down had a greater priority than eating during the second (24-hr) rest period.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 11
Issue 4
Pages 337-345
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1080/10888700802329996
Language English
Author Address Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2471,
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  1. Animals
  2. Bovidae
  3. Lambs
  4. Mammals
  5. peer-reviewed
  6. pens
  7. Ruminants
  8. Sheep
  9. ungulates
  10. vertebrates
  11. Wool producing animals
  1. peer-reviewed