Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


C L. McDonald


Sheep, Feeding behaviour, Live sheep exports

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Live sheep exporters in Western Australia often hold as many as 00 000 sheep in assembly feedlots while the consignment is being purchased and assembled before shipment. During the assembly phase the sheep ane introduced to the pelleted rations used on board.

Industry reports have highlighted the wide variability in condidtions, facilities and procedures used, and showed that there was little evidence from which to make recommendations to the live sheep shipping indudtry. This article discusses ten experiments by the Department of Agriculture from 1981 to 1985 designed to investigate what influences the feeding behaviour of Merino wethers under conditions similar to those used in assembly feedlots for live export. The understanding gained from those experiments will lead to developments to improve the survival and performance of sheep during export.