A NOTE ON THE MATING BEHAVIOUR OF EWES WITH VARIOUS SENSES IMPAIRED

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Summary.

Observations were made of mating and pregnancy in intact Border Leicester × Merino ewes and in ewes with the senses of hearing, touch around the mouth and/or smell impaired. During November and December, almost all ewes with the sense of smell mated and became pregnant; less than half the ewes with smell impaired mated and became pregnant. It is suggested that rams stimulate oestrous activity in non-cycling ewes through olfactory receptors in the ewe.

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