Lori Marino and Debra Merskin, Intelligence, complexity, and individuality in sheep


If a change is going to occur in the care and management of domestic sheep, there needs to be a collaborative effort across many disciplines. This review by Marino & Merskin of the literature on cognitive processing in domestic sheep is limited by the inherent bias of the authors, including the impracticable goal of eliminating sheep production. Animal welfare concerns about the management of commercial sheep are valid; however, in order to make a difference, we need to develop an application for this knowledge about cognitive abilities in sheep.

Author Biography

Kristina Horback is an Assistant Professor of Applied Ethology at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on evaluating livestock behavior and cognitive processing to inform welfare assessments. Website