Strategies to reduce inanition in sheep
Year Published: 2018
Inappetence, the reduction in or lack of appetite with consequent reduced food intake (Blood and Studdert 1999), has been identified as a problem for sheep in the live export process, as a cause of death from inanition, and because of the association with the development of Salmonella outbreaks and subsequent death of animals. The addition of oats over the pellets did not result in any difference in uptake compared to sheep that were fed pellets alone. Spreading of chaff once per day over the pellets did alter the feeding pattern, and the sheep which were provided with chaff visited the feed troughs more often per day, but for shorter visits, than those given only pellets.