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Effect of liveweight and level of intake on feeding behaviour and rumination in sheep



Effect of liveweight and level of intake on feeding behaviour and rumination in sheep



Annales de Zootechnie. 20: 4, 477-486



Seventeen Texel wethers aged from 1 to 5 years, and of liveweights from 40 to 85 kg, were fed on green brome grass. Times spent eating and ruminating were not directly affected by liveweight. Daily intake of DM increased and time spent per unit DM decreased as liveweight increased. When expressed in terms of W 0.75 liveweight had no effect. Amount eaten per unit W0.75 was positively related to the time spent ruminating daily and negatively to times spent eating and ruminating per unit DM.

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