Training sheep as 'leaders' in abattoirs and farm sheep yards
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 40, pp 111-116, Jan 1980
Article class: Conference PresentationNew Zealand Society of Animal Production
AbstractEighteen potential leaders were selected from 32 sheep after an initial taming period. Training these animals involved four basic stages: (1) taming, (2) learning basic tasks, (3) learning specific skills, (4) adjustments to the final environment. Using operant principles of conditioning, the sheep were taught to walk through yards, push open gates and lead mobs. Further refinements included acceptance of leash restraint and gate unlatching. Guidelines are provided for farmers and stock handlers who wish to train their own leader sheep.
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