Which way do sheep turn? [JER research]

One of the latest publications in the field of postmodern range sciences – from the USDA-ARS, Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, New Mexico – has been scheduled for future publication in the journal ‘Laterality’.

Authors Dean M. Anderson and Leigh W. Murray (at K-State) set up a suite of experiments with 309 white-faced ewes, in order to determine whether sheep have a natural preference to turn right, or left, when they arrive at a  T  junction.

The results were clearcut – white-faced ewes do have a preference, and the results are summarised here, in the abstract for the paper ‘Sheep laterality’.