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The Effect of Season and Meteorological Stress Factors on Behavioural Responses and Activities of Donkeys (Equus Asinus) – A Review

Published Online: 23 Apr 2015
Volume & Issue: Volume 15 (2015) - Issue 2 (April 2015)
Page range: 307 - 321
Received: 19 Aug 2014
Accepted: 30 Dec 2014
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25 Nov 2011
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The review examines the adaptation of donkeys to arid conditions, and the impact of meteorological stress on performance and welfare in donkeys. The impact of season, including meteorological and nutritional factors, on the behavioural responses and welfare of donkeys was also reviewed. Season influences the adaptation and behaviour of donkeys as they are subjected to uses, and the modulating role of feed availability on the grazing behaviour of donkeys was also examined. It is concluded that season, as influenced by meteorological stress conditions, modulates the behaviour, welfare and grazing of donkeys.


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