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Preference for the mother does not last long after weaning at 3 months of age in sheep

By Rodolfo Ungerfeld, Aline Freitas-de-Melo, Raymond Nowak, Frederic Lévy

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Ewes develop a strong selective bond with their offspring, which is set immediately after lambing and maintained until weaning, which in domestic sheep occurs when lambs are 4-5 months old. However, in productive systems lambs are weaned earlier, when they are 2-5 months old. The aim of this...

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  1. Attachment
  2. Lambs
  3. Maternal behavior
  4. maternal bond
  5. Sheep