A retrospective, biased, personal review of a contribution to animal production research. The review covers aspects of animal behaviour; maternal behaviour, and deer behaviour. It recalls studies on the effect of the heat of warming feed on the lower critical temperature of ruminants and summarises more recent studies on analgesia of the antlers of yearling stags. A significant proportion of the review revolves around work in grazing ecology mainly mixed animal species grazing. Deer are equivalent to sheep in grazing around cattle dung pats; goats have a similar dietary preference for clover as sheep unless the clover is short; cattle are disadvantaged when continuously grazed with sheep, but not with rotational grazing; diet composition is markedly affected by mixed grazing.
Proceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, Volume 72, Christchurch, 88-94, 2012
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