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A relationship between faecal egg counts and the distance travelled by sheep

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posted on 18.09.2018, 00:00 by G Falzon, D Schneider, Mark TrotterMark Trotter, DW Lamb
The movement distances of merino sheep were monitored over a 24. h period using global positioning system tracking collars and correlated with their faecal egg counts. A linear relationship between the logarithm of faecal egg count and the mean distance moved per time step was found. The results suggest that animal behaviour and productivity outcomes might be influenced even at low faecal egg count levels. The considerable variability of the observations about this linear model suggests that it might be useful for identifying those animals inherently resistant to internal parasites. Such technology could be used as part of a breeding program aimed at improving stock resistance to internal parasites. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

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Other

History

Volume

111

Issue

1-3

Start Page

171

End Page

174

Number of Pages

4

ISSN

0921-4488

Publisher

Elsevier, Netherlands

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

The University of New England; Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, Carlton, Victoria

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Small Ruminant Research