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Increased intake and preference for tannin-rich sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia) pellets by both parasitized and non-parasitized lambs after a period of conditioning

By Morgane Costes-Thiré, Juan J. Villalba, Hervé Hoste, Cécile Ginane

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Abstract

Ruminants select nutritious feeds and avoid deleterious ones by relying on a learning process. We tested the hypothesis that they may similarly be able to select feeds for their medicinal properties, Le. to self-medicate. Our experimental model was lambs infected with gastrointestinal nematodes...

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  1. Feeding behavior
  2. Legumes
  3. nematodes
  4. Sheep