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  1. The sucking behaviour and milk intake of one- to three-week-old triplet lambs during natural and competitive suckling situations

    Contributor(s):: Van Welie, L. A., Clews, S. A., Beausoleil, N. J., Hickson, R., Kongara, K., Kenyon, P. R., Morris, S. T.

    Within triplet litters, light-born lambs are at greater risk of dying than heavier lambs in the first week of life. However, the implications of within-litter differences in sucking behaviour for milk intake and growth beyond the first week are unclear. We hypothesized that within litter,...

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

    Contributor(s):: Ungerfeld, Rodolfo, Freitas-de-Melo, Aline, Nowak, Raymond, Lévy, Frederic

    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...

  3. Farmer and public attitudes toward lamb finishing systems

    Contributor(s):: Coleman, G., Jongman, E., Greenfield, L., Hemsworth, P.

    To develop research and policy on the welfare of lambs in intensive finishing systems, it is important to understand public and sheep farmers' attitudes. The aim of this research was to identify and compare farmer and community attitudes relevant to the intensification of lamb finishing. The...

  4. Assessment of aversion and unconsciousness during exposure to carbon dioxide at high concentration in lambs

    Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, P., Dalmau, A., Manteca, X., Litvan, H., Jensen, E. W., Velarde, A.

    The most widely used stunning method in sheep is electrical. However, in lambs, this method leads to rupture of the blood vessels, provoking ecchymoses. In pigs ( Sus scrofa), the use of CO 2-stunning systems has increased in popularity due to positive effects on meat quality and animal welfare...

  5. Mother-young behaviours at lambing in grazing ewes: effects of lamb sex and food restriction in pregnancy

    Contributor(s):: Freitas-De-Melo, A., Ungerfeld, R., Hotzel, M. J., Abud, M. J., Alvarez-Oxiley, A., Orihuela, A., Damian, J. P., Perez-Clariget, R.

    This study investigated whether the level of pasture allowance from before conception until late pregnancy affects ewe-lamb behaviours at birth, and if those behaviours differ according to the sex of the lambs. We performed two experiments, in which 96 ewes were assigned to one of two nutritional...

  6. Behavioural reactivity of ewes and lambs during partial and total social isolation

    Contributor(s):: Barnard, S., Matthews, L. R., Messori, S., Vulpiani, M. P., Ferri, N.

    This work investigated the differences in the reactivity of Sarda (primiparous n=18, multiparous n=17) and Dorset (multiparous n=8) breeds of sheep and their singleton lambs to two challenging test situations involving a mother-lamb partial separation test and an isolation test. Non-parametric...

  7. Filial attachment in sheep: similarities and differences between ewe-lamb and human-lamb relationships

    Contributor(s):: Nowak, R., Boivin, X.

    Animals develop relationships with intra- and interspecific partners, including humans. In some cases this can lead to strong emotional bonds indicating the existence of attachment. The sheep is well known to develop various forms of social attachment (mothers towards young, lambs towards...

  8. Space allowance during gestation and early maternal separation: effects on the fear response and social motivation of lambs

    Contributor(s):: Averos, X., Marchewka, J., Beltran de Heredia, I., Zanella, A. J., Ruiz, R., Estevez, I.

    A common prenatal stressor in lambs is early maternal separation, which may be aggravated by spatial restriction of ewes during pregnancy. They may influence lambs' development and coping abilities. The aim of this study was to determine how space allowance provided to ewes during pregnancy and...

  9. Behavior of lambs in rest pens during long-distance transport

    Contributor(s):: Krawczel, P. D., Friend, T. H., Archer, G. S.

    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....

  10. Effect of postweaning handling strategies on welfare and productive traits in lambs

    Contributor(s):: Pascual-Alonso, M., Miranda-de Lama, G. C. la, Aguayo-Ulloa, L., Ezquerro, L., Villarroel, M., Marin, R. H., Maria, G. A.

    Postweaning management strategies that include an element of social enrichment may reduce weaning stress and improve welfare and productive performance. We analyzed the effect of postweaning handling strategies on welfare and production traits in lambs. After weaning, 36 lambs were assigned to 3...

  11. A comparison of handling methods relevant to the religious slaughter of sheep

    Contributor(s):: Bates, L. S. W., Ford, E. A., Brown, S. N., Richards, G. J., Hadley, P. J., Wotton, S. B., Knowles, T. G.

    Legislation governing non-stun slaughter of sheep in England requires that they are individually and mechanically restrained for slaughter and not moved for at least 20 s post neck cut, until unconsciousness or insensibility occurs. Complying with the need for individual handling, in what is a...

  12. Attitudes of Nebraska sheep producers toward predators

    Contributor(s):: Dale J. Hafer, Scott E. Hygnstrom

    The economy of the State of Nebraska is highly dependent on the agricultural industry. When factors arise that complicate and threaten facets of the industry, those involved, particularly producers, often express a high degree of concern toward those threatening factors.The sheep producers of...

  13. Assessment of unconsciousness during slaughter without stunning in lambs

    Contributor(s):: Rodriguez, P., Velarde, A., Dalmau, A., Llonch, P.

  14. Impact of rapid treatment of sheep lame with footrot on welfare and economics and farmer attitudes to lameness in sheep

    Contributor(s):: Green, L. E., Kaler, J., Wassink, G. J., King, E. M., Thomas, R. G.

  15. Interactions between profit and welfare on extensive sheep farms

    Contributor(s):: Stott, A. W., Ahmadi, B. V., Dwyer, C. M., Kupiec, B., Morgan-Davies, C., Milne, C. E., Ringrose, S., Goddard, P., Phillips, K., Waterhouse, A.

  16. Reducing mother-young separation distress by inducing ewes into oestrus at the day of weaning

    Contributor(s):: Perez-Leon, I., Orihuela, A., Lidfors, L., Aguirre, V.

  17. Social transmission of physiological and behavioural responses to castration in suckling Merino lambs

    Contributor(s):: Colditz, I. G., Paull, D. R., Lee, C.

  18. The effect of stun duration and level of applied current on stun and meat quality of electrically stunned lambs under commercial conditions

    Contributor(s):: Berg, C., Nordensten, C., Hultgren, J., Algers, B.

  19. Development of affinity to the stockperson in lambs from two breeds

    Contributor(s):: Caroprese, M., Napolitano, F., Boivin, X., Albenzio, M., Annicchiarico, G., Sevi, A.

    The interactions between genetic and environmental factors on the development of lamb affinity to humans was assessed on 48 animals from two breeds (Gentile di Puglia and Comisana) and two treatments (Gentled and Not Gentled) producing 4 groups (GPg, GPng, Cg, Cng, respectively). The Gentile di...

  20. Effects of early maternal separation of lambs and rearing with minimal and maximal human contact on meat quality

    Contributor(s):: Napolitano, F., Caroprese, M., Girolami, A., Marino, R., Muscio, A., Sevi, A.

    The present study aims to assess the effect of gentling on behaviour and meat quality of lambs. Thirty-two Comisana lambs were divided into four groups of eight animals: ER (ewe reared), AR (artificially reared) and the corresponding gentled groups ERG and ARG. The provision of human contacts...