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dc.contributor.authorTaylor, DBen
dc.contributor.authorSchneider, Dereken
dc.contributor.authorBrown, Wendyen
dc.contributor.authorPrice, Ianen
dc.contributor.authorTrotter, Marken
dc.contributor.authorLamb, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorHinch, Geoffreyen
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T08:14:00Z
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.identifier.citationAnimal Production Science, 51(8), p. 724-737en
dc.identifier.issn1836-5787en
dc.identifier.issn1836-0939en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/8750en
dc.description.abstractThe present study examined how shelter availability, altitude and temperature influence paddock utilisation by pregnant and lambing Merino ewes. Global positioning systems (GPS) attached to collars allowed continuous tracking of ewes' positions within two paddocks, and environmental conditions were also monitored throughout this time using temperature loggers. Animal tracking devices (UNEtracker GPS collars) were used in the spring (September-November) of 2008 (51 days) and 2009 (43 days), 14 days post-shearing, to monitor movement of pregnant grazing fine-wool Merino ewes (5 per paddock per year). The data were used to examine sheep use of lone trees, interior shelter, perimeter shelter and remainder of the paddock during three distinct diurnal activity periods, namely night camping, morning grazing and afternoon grazing. Regular use of shelter was consistently recorded in the two experimental years and in both paddocks. The ewes consistently used sheltered areas and both the leeward and windward sides of shelter, particularly during high sheep chill days. The sheep used the sheltered areas significantly more often than they used the remainder of the paddock, which was devoid of shelter except for lone trees. Night camping did not occur at the highest altitude, but predominantly where shelter was also located. The present study has demonstrated the consistent use of shelter by sheep. The shelter-seeking behaviour of the ewes a month post-shearing suggests that these animals are more sensitive to weather conditions than has been previously reported.en
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherCSIRO Publishingen
dc.relation.ispartofAnimal Production Scienceen
dc.titleGPS observation of shelter utilisation by Merino ewesen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1071/AN11025en
dc.subject.keywordsAnimal Managementen
dc.subject.keywordsAgricultural Spatial Analysis and Modellingen
local.contributor.firstnameDBen
local.contributor.firstnameDereken
local.contributor.firstnameWendyen
local.contributor.firstnameIanen
local.contributor.firstnameMarken
local.contributor.firstnameDaviden
local.contributor.firstnameGeoffreyen
local.subject.for2008070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modellingen
local.subject.for2008070203 Animal Managementen
local.subject.seo2008830311 Sheep - Woolen
local.subject.seo2008830310 Sheep - Meaten
local.profile.schoolEnvironmental and Rural Scienceen
local.profile.schoolPsychologyen
local.profile.schoolPhysics and Electronics Engineeringen
local.profile.schoolPhysics and Electronics Engineeringen
local.profile.schoolAnimal Scienceen
local.profile.emaildtaylor2@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emaildschnei5@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailwbrown@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailiprice@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailmtrotte3@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emaildlamb@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailghinch@une.edu.auen
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local.record.placeauen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.identifier.epublicationsrecordune-20111026-141739en
local.publisher.placeAustraliaen
local.format.startpage724en
local.format.endpage737en
local.peerreviewedYesen
local.identifier.volume51en
local.identifier.issue8en
local.contributor.lastnameTayloren
local.contributor.lastnameSchneideren
local.contributor.lastnameBrownen
local.contributor.lastnamePriceen
local.contributor.lastnameTrotteren
local.contributor.lastnameLamben
local.contributor.lastnameHinchen
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local.title.maintitleGPS observation of shelter utilisation by Merino ewesen
local.output.categorydescriptionC1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journalen
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