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Horm Behav. 2007 Jun;52(1):56-63. Epub 2007 Mar 31.

Sexual behavior of domesticated ruminants.

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Animal Sciences, Rutgers University, 84 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA.


Domesticated ruminants have lived in close association with humans for thousands of years and knowledge of the behavior of these organisms has contributed to their successful domestication, as well as to the management of animals in captivity, both extensive and intensive. Here we describe the reproductive behavioral endocrinology of cattle, goats and sheep. These relatively large and tame animals provide opportunities to conduct a wide range of behavioral studies from short-term to longitudinal or developmental in nature. Highlighted is some of the work from our laboratory describing the social, environmental and endocrine factors that influence the expression of sexual behavior in male and female goats.

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