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Abstract

We investigated the effects of activity, group size and sex composition on the cohesion of merino sheep (Ovis aries) groups. Mixed-sex (50% of each sex) and single-sex groups of 2, 4, 6 and 8 sheep were placed within 491-m2 arenas located in natural pastures and were video recorded during 6 daily...

Author(s)
Michelena, P.; Gautrais, J.; Gérard, J. F.; Bon, R.; Deneubourg, J. L.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2008, 112, 1/2, pp 81-93
Abstract

Changes between the inactive (resting/ruminating) and active (grazing, walking) states in groups of Merino sheep were studied in the field for different group sizes (two, four, six or eight) of either male or female animals over 6-h periods. The amount of synchrony within groups was high (60-80%)...

Author(s)
Gautrais, J.; Michelena, P.; Sibbald, A.; Bon, R.; Deneubourg, J. L.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Animal Behaviour, 2007, 74, 5, pp 1443-1454