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Dominique Blache

Dr Dominique Blache

Senior Lecturer
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M085)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 6763
+61 8 6488 6999
MSc Tours, PhD Bordeaux
Dr Blache has completed his PhD in Neurosciences at INRA in France and the AFRC Neuroendocrine Laboratory at Babraham in the UK. Dr Blache was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Western Australia and then joined UWA. Since 1993, Dr Blache worked on projects funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Australia Wool Innovation (AWI) and the French, Danish and Norwegian research agencies.
Dr Blache has published over 200 papers and has an h-index of 29 (Web of Knowledge: 15-09-2017) and a ResearchGate score of 40.91 and h-index of 36 (ResearhGate: 25-09-2017). He has successfully supervised 24 PhD students, 7 masters and around 40 undergraduate projects.
Key research
1) Animal emotional reactivity: development of reliable and practical phenotypic measures, relationship to maternal behaviour and metabolic status, identification of genetic markers.
2) Neurodevelopment of preterm lambs (as a model for preterm infants) including emotion reactivity, cognitive function and regulation of food intake and growth.
3) Animal Welfare: strategies to optimise diet of alpacas, thermoregulation and heat stress, stress physiology, pain management, attitude towards animals, development of predictive indicators of animal welfare.

Nogueira, D.M. Eshtaeba, A. Cavalieri, J. Fitzpatrick, L.A. Gummow, B. Blache, D. and Parker, A.J. (2017) Short-term supplementation with maize increases ovulation rate in goats when dietary metabolizable energy provides requirements for both maintenance and 1.5 times maintenance. Theriogenology, 89, 97-105.
Van Lier, E. Hart, K.W. Vinoles, C. Paganoni, B. and Blache, D. (2017) Calm merino ewes have a higher ovulation rate and more multiple pregnancies than nervous ewes. Animal, 7, 1196-1202. 10.1017/S1751731117000106
Harris, S.E. De Blasio, M.J. Davis, M.A. Kelly, A.C. Davenport, H.M. Wooding, F.B.P. Blache, D. Meredith, D. Anderson, M. Fowden, A.L. Limesand, S.W. and Forhead, A.J. (2017) Hypothyroidism in utero stimulates pancreatic beta cell proliferation and hyperinsulinaemia in the ovine fetus during late gestation. The Journal of Physiology, 595, 3331-3343. 10.1113/JP273555
Hussein, E. Thomas, D.T. Bell, L.W. and Blache, D. (2017) Grazing winter and spring wheat crops improves the profitability of prime lamb production in mixed farming systems of western australia. Animal Production Science, 57, 2082-2090.
Lehmann, H. Blache, D. Drynan, E. Tshewang, P. Blignaut, D. and Musk, G. (2017) Optimum drug combinations for the sedation of growing boars prior to castration. Animals, 7, 61. 10.3390/ani7080061
Qiu, X. Martin, G.B. and Blache, D. (2017) Gene polymorphisms associated with temperament. Journal of Neurogenetics, 31, 1-16. 10.1080/01677063.2017.1324857
Jensen, R.B. Blache, D. Knudsen, K.E.B. Austbø, D. and Tauson, A.-H. (2017) The effect of diet and exercise on plasma metabolite and hormone concentrations in horses measured before and after exercise. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 13, 97-104. 10.3920/cep170004
Coleman, C.J. Rohlf, V. Toukhasati, S.R. and Blache, D. (2017) Public attitudes predict community behaviours relevant to the pork industry. Animal Production Science, online.

Blache, D. and Maloney, S.K. (2017) New physiological measures of the biological cost of responding to challenges. In: Ferguson, D. Lee, C. and Fisher, A. (eds.) Advances in sheep welfare. Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Almeida, A, Palhinhas, R, Kilminster, T, Scanlon, T, van Harten S, Milton J, Blache, D, Greeff, J, Varela Coelho, A, Alfaro Cardoso, L (2016) The effect of weight loss on the muscle proteome in the Damara, Dorper and Australian Merino ovine breeds. Plos One 11, e0146367.
Amanoel, DE, Thomas, DT, Blache, D, Milton, JTB, Wilmot, MG, Revell, DK, Norman, HC (2016) Sheep deficient in vitamin E preferentially select for a feed with a higher concentration of vitamin E. Animal 10, 183-191.
Blache, D, Revell, DK (2016) Short and long term consequences of high salt loads in breeding ruminants. In 'Halophytic and salt-tolerant feedstuffs: Impacts on nutrition, physiology and reproduction of livestock.' (Eds H El Shaer, VR Squires.) pp. 316-335. (CRC Press: Boca Raton)
Ferasyi, TR, Barrett, H, Blache, D, Martin, GB (2016) Modeling the male reproductive endocrine axis –potential role for a delay mechanism in the inhibitory action of gonadal steroids on GnRH pulse frequency. Endocrinology 121,
Jensen, RB, Austbø, D, Blache, D, Bach Knudsen, KE, Tauson, AH (2016) The effect of feeding barley or hay alone or in combination with molassed sugar beet pulp on the metabolic responses in plasma and caecum of horses. Animal Feed Science and Technology 214, 53-65.
Qiu, X, Ledger, J, Zheng, C, Martin, GB, Blache, D (2016) Associations between temperament and gene polymorphisms in the brain dopaminergic system and the adrenal gland of sheep. Physiology & Behavior 153, 19-27.


Brown, DJ, Fogarty, NM, Iker, CL, Ferguson, DM, Blache, D, Gaunt, GM (2015) Genetic evaluation of maternal behaviour and temperament in Australian sheep. Animal Production Science
De Blasio, MJ, Boije, M, Vaughan, OR, Bernstein, BS, Davies, KL, Plein, A, Kempster, SL, Smith, GCS, Charnock-Jones, DS, Blache, D, Wooding, FBP, Giussani, DA, Fowden, AL, Forhead, AJ (2015) Developmental Expression and Glucocorticoid Control of the Leptin Receptor in Fetal Ovine Lung. Plos One 10, e0136115.
Larsson, C, Ahlstrøm, Ø, Junghans, P, Jensen, RB, Blache, D, Tauson, A-H (2015) The oral [13C]bicarbonate technique for measurement of short-term energy expenditure of sled dogs and their physiological response to diets with different fat:carbohydrate ratios. Journal of Nutritional Science 4, null-null.
McCagh, C, Sneddon, J, Blache, D (2015) Killing sharks: The media’s role in public and political response to fatal human–shark interactions. Marine Policy 62, 271-278.
Moore, KE, Maloney, SK, Blache, D (2015) High follicle density does not decrease sweat gland density in Huacaya alpacas. Journal of Thermal Biology 47, 1-6.
Rietema, SE, Blackberry, MA, Maloney, SK, Martin, GB, Hawken, PAR, Blache, D (2015) Twenty four-hour profiles of metabolic and stress hormones in sheep selected for a calm or nervous temperament. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 53, 78-87.
Wickham, SL, Collins, T, Barnes, AL, Miller, DW, Beatty, DT, Stockman, CA, Blache, D, Wemelsfelder, F, Fleming, PA (2015) Validating the Use of Qualitative Behavioral Assessment as a Measure of the Welfare of Sheep During Transport. Journal of applied animal welfare science DOI: 10.1080/10888705.2015.1005302.
Zambra, N, Gimeno, D, Blache, D, Van Lier, E (2015) Temperament and its heritability in Corriedale and Merino lambs. Animal 9, 373-379.


Lund, K, Milton, JTB, Maloney, SK, Blache, D (2014) Alpacas fed calcium propionate seem to moderate their energy intake. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 98, 1088-1094.
Martin, GB, Blache, D (2014) Review of Animal Welfare QA Systems for Livestock Industries in the UK and Europe: Identification of Possibilities for the Red Meat Industries of Australia - Final report B.AWW.0236. Sydney.
Samadi, F, Blache, D, Martin, GB, D’Occhio, MJ (2014) Nutrition, metabolic profiles and puberty in Brahman (Bos indicus) beef heifers. Animal Reproduction Science 146, 134-142.
Vesterdorf, K, Blache, D, Harrison, A, Matthiesen, CF, Tauson, AH (2014) Low protein provision during the first year of life, but not during foetal life, affects metabolic traits, organ mass development and growth in male mink (Neovison vison). Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 98, 353-372.
Vesterdorf, K, Blache, D, Maloney, SK (2014) Immunolocalization of aquaporins 1, 3, and 5 in the nasal respiratory mucosa of a panting species, the sheep (Ovis aries). Journal of Thermal Biology 43, 61-69.
Villalba, JJ, Manteca, X, Vercoe, PE, Maloney, SK, Blache, D (2014) Integrating nutrition and animal welfare in extensive system. In 'Impact of animal nutrition on animal welfare.' (Eds H Makkar, C Phillips.)


Brøkner, C, Austbø, D, Næsset, JA, Blache, D, Knudsen, KEB, Tauson, AH (2013) Various fiber fractions as energy supply to exercising horses. In 'Energy and protein metabolism and nutrition in sustainable animal production.' (Eds J Oltjen, E Kebreab, H Lapierre.) Vol. 134 pp. 201-202. (Wageningen Academic Publishers:
Hawken, PA, Luckins. N, Tilbrook, AJ, Fiol, C, Martin, GB, Blache, D (2013) Genetic selection for temperament affects behaviour and the secretion of adrenal and reproductive hormones in sheep subjected to stress. Stress 16, 130-142.
Kenyon, PR, Maloney, SK, Blache, D (2013) A review of body condition scoring in sheep in relation to production characteristics. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research online,
Kongsted, AH, Husted, SV, Thygesen, MP, Christensen, VG, Blache, D, Tolver, A, Larsen, T, Quistorff, B, Nielsen, MO (2013) Pre- and postnatal nutrition in sheep affects β-cell secretion and hypothalamic control. Journal of Endocrinology 219, 159-171.
Maloney, SK, Meyer, L, Blache, D, Fuller, A (2013) Energy intake and the circadian rhythm of core body temperature in sheep. Physiological Reports 1, doi: 10.1002/phy2.118.
Moore, KE, Maloney, SK, Vaughan, JL, Milton, JTB, Blache, D (2013) Rumen-protected methionine supplementation and fibre production in alpacas (Vicugna pacos). Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 97, 1084-1090.
Rietema, SE, Blache, D, Hawken, PAR, Martin, GB (2013) 'Temperament and activity of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis in sheep Ann Sci Meet Endo Soc Aus Soc Rep Biol.' Sydney.
Samadi, F, Phillips, NJ, Blache, D, Martin, GB, D’Occhio, MJ (2013) Interrelationships of nutrition, metabolic hormones and resumption of ovulation in multiparous suckled beef cows on subtropical pastures. Animal Reproduction Science 137, 137-144.
Stockman, CA, Collins, T, Barnes, AL, Miller, D, Wickham, SL, Beatty, DT, Blache, D, Wemelsfelder, F, Fleming, PA (2013) Flooring and driving conditions during road transport influence the behavioural expression of cattle. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 143, 18-30.


Beausoleil, N.J., Blache, D., Stafford, K.J., Mellor, D.J., Noble, A.D.L., 2012. Selection for temperament in sheep: domain-general and context-specific traits. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 139, 74-85.
Durmic, Z., Blache, D., 2012. Bioactive plants and plant products: Effects on animal function, health and welfare. Animal Feed Science and Technology 176, 150– 162.
Hawken, P.A. Fiol, C. and Blache, D. 2012 Genetic differences in temperament determine whether lavender oil alleviates or exacerbates anxiety in sheep. Physiology & Behavior 105, 117-1123.
Hawken, P.A. Williman, M. Milton, J. Kelly, R. Nowak, R. and Blache, D. 2012 Nutritional supplementation during the last 1 week of gestation increased the volume and reduced the viscosity of colostrum produced by twin bearing ewes selected for nervous temperament. Small Ruminant Research, 105, 308–314.
Hawken, P.A., Fiol, C., Blache, D., 2012. Genetic differences in temperament determine whether lavender oil alleviates or exacerbates anxiety in sheep. Physiology & Behavior 105, 117-1123.
Lund, K., Milton, J.T.B., Maloney, S.K., Roberston, K., Vaughan, J., Blache, D., 2012. Un-degradable dietary protein in alpaca diets affects fibre diameter and time spent urinating. Animal Production Science 52, 959-963.
Lund, K.E., Maloney, S.K., Milton, J.T.B., Blache, D., 2012. Gradual Training of Alpacas to the Confinement of Metabolism Pens Reduces Stress When Normal Excretion Behavior Is Accommodated. ILAR
Matthiesen, C.F., Blache, D., Thomsen, P.D., Tauson, A.-H., 2012. Foetal life protein restriction in male mink (Neovison vison) kits lowers post-weaning protein oxidation and the relative abundance of hepatic fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase mRNA. Animal 6, 50-69.
Stockman, C.A., McGilchrist, P., Collins, T., Barnes, A.L., Miller, D., Wickham, S.L., Greenwood, P.L., Cafe, L.M., Blache, D., Wemelsfelder, F., Fleming, P.A., 2012. Qualitative Behavioural Assessment of Angus steers during pre-slaughter handling and relationship with temperament and physiological responses. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 142, 125-133.
Tay, S.H., Blache, D., Gregg, K., Revell, D.K., 2012. Consumption of a high-salt salt diet by ewes during pregnancy alters nephrogenesis in five-month-old offspring. Animal 11, 1803-1810.
Verbeek, E., Oliver, M.H., Waas, J.R., McLeay, L.M., Blache, D., Matthews, L.R., 2012. Reduced Cortisol and Metabolic Responses of Thin Ewes to an Acute Cold Challenge in Mid-Pregnancy: Implications for Animal Physiology and Welfare. Plos One 7, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0037315.
Wickham, S.L., Collins, T., Barnes, A.L., Miller, D.W., Beatty, D.T., Stockman, C., Blache, D., Wemelsfelder, F., Fleming, P.A., 2012. Behavioral assessment of transported sheep Qualitative behavioral assessment of transport-naïve and transport-habituated sheep. Journal of Animal Science 90, 4525-4535.


Bickell, S, Poindron, P, Nowak, R, Ferguson, D, Blackberry, M, Blache, D (2011) Maternal behaviour and peripartum levels of oestradiol and progesterone show little difference in Merino ewes selected for calm or nervous temperament under indoor housing conditions. Animal 5, 608-14.
Bickell, SL, Nowak, R, Poindron, P, Chadwick, A, Ferguson, D, Blache, D (2011) Challenge by a novel object does not impair the capacity of ewes and lambs selected for a nervous temperament to display early preference for each other. Animal Production Science 51, 575-581.
Bickell, SL, Poindron, P, Nowak, R, ferguson, D, Blackberry, M, Blache, D (2011) Maternal behaviour and peripartum levels of oestradiol and progesterone show little differences in Merino ewes selected for calm or nervous temperament under indoor housing conditions. Animal 5, 608-614.
Blache, D, Bickell, SL (2011) External and internal modulators of sheep reproduction. Reproductive Biology 11, 61-77.
Blache, D, Maloney, SK, Terlouw, EMC (2011) Physiology. In 'Animal Welfare.' (Eds MC Appleby, BO Hughes, JA Mench, A Olsson.) pp. 155-182. (CAB International: Wallingford, UK)
Blache, D, Vaughan, J, Maloney, SK, Milton, JTB (2011) Feeding Alpacas to Enhance Reproduction and Fleece Quality. RIRDC Publication No. 11/111. ACT
Digby, SN, Chadwick, MA, Blache, D (2011) Salt intake and reproductive function in sheep. Animal 5, 1207-1216.
Elliot, J, Sneddon, J, Lee, JM, Blache, D (2011) Producers have a positive attitude toward improving lamb survival rates but may be influenced by enterprise factors and perceptions of control. Livestock Science 140, 103-110.
Forhead, AJ, Jellyman, JK, Gillham, K, Ward, JW, Blache, D, Fowden, AL (2011) Renal growth retardation following angiotensin II type 1 (AT1) receptor antagonism is associated with increased AT2 receptor protein in fetal sheep. Endocrinology 208, 137-145.
Marett , LC, Auldist, MJ, Grainger, C, Wales, WJ, Blache, D, Macmillan, KL, Leury, BJ (2011) Temporal changes in plasma concentrations of hormones and metabolites in pasture-fed dairy cows during extended lactation. Journal of Dairy Science 94, 5017-5026.
Moore, KE, Blache, D, Maloney, SK (2011) Fibre diameter and insulation in alpacas: the biophysical implications. Small Ruminant Research 96, 165-172.
Stockman, CA, Collins, T, Barnes, AL, Miller, D, Wickham, SL, Betty, DT, Blache, D, Wemelsfelder, F, Fleming, PA (2011) Qualitative behavioural assessment and quantitative physiological measurement of cattle naïve and habituated to road transport. Animal Production Science 51, 240-249.
Vesterdorf, K, Blache, D, Maloney, SK (2011) The cranial arteriovenous temperature difference is related to respiratory evaporative heat loss in a panting species, the sheep (Ovis aries). Journal of Comparative Physiology 181, 277-288.
Wells, AED, Sneddon, J, Lee, JA, Blache, D (2011) Farmer's response to societal concerns about farm animal welfare: The case of mulesing. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 24, 645-658.


Amdi, C. Williams, A.R. Maloney, S.K. Tauson, A.H. Knott, S.A. and Blache, D. 2010 Relationship between behavioural reactivity and feed efficiency in housed sheep. Animal Production Science 50, 683-687.
Bickell, S.L. Poindron, P. Nowak, R. Ferguson, D.M. and Blache, D. 2010 Maternal behaviour at parturition in outdoor conditions differs only moderately between single bearing ewes selected for their calm or nervous temperament. Animal Production Science 50, 675-682.
Blache, D. and Bickell, S.L. 2010 Temperament and reproductive biology: emotional reactivity and reproduction in sheep. Revista Brasileira de Zootecnia 39, 401-408.
Celi, P. Miller, D.W. Blache, D. and Martin, G.B. 2010 Interactions between nutritional and opioidergic pathways in the control of LH secretion in male sheep Animal Production Science 117, 67-73.
Chanvallon, A. Blache, D. Chadwick, A. Esmaili, T. Hawken, P.a.R. Martin, G.B. Vinoles, C. and Fabre-Nys, C. 2010 Sexual experience and temperament affect the response of Merino ewes to the ram effect during the anoestrous season. Animal Reproduction Science 119, 205-211.
Digby, S., Blache, D., Masters, D.G., Revell, D.K., 2010. Responses to saline drinking water in offspring born to ewes fed high salt during pregnancy. Small Ruminant Research, 91, 87-92.
Digby, S., Masters, D.G., Blache, D., Hynd, P.I., Revell, D.K., 2010. Offspring born to ewes fed high salt during pregnancy have altered responses to oral salt loads. Animal 4, 81-88.
Henry, B.A. Blache, D. Rao, A. Clarke, I.J. and Maloney, S.K. 2010 Disparate effects of feeding on core body and adipose tissue temperatures in animals selectively bred for Nervous and Calm temperament. American Journal of Physiology 299, R907-R917.
Henry, B.A., Blache, D., Dunshea, F.R., Clarke, I.J., 2010. Altered “set-point” of the hypothalamus determines effects of cortisol on food intake, adiposity, and metabolic substrates in sheep. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 38, 46-56.
Martin, G.B. Blache, D. Miller, D.W. and Vercoe, P.E. 2010 Interactions between nutrition and reproduction in the management of the mature male ruminant. Animal 4, 1214-1226.
Matthiesen, C.F. Blache, D. Thomsen, P.D. and Tauson, A.-H. 2010 Feeding mink (Neovison vison) a protein-restricted diet during pregnancy induces higher birth weight and altered hepatic gene expression in the F2 offspring. British Journal of Nutrition 104, 544-553.
Matthiesen, C.F., Blache, D., Thomsen, P.D., Hansen, N.E., Tauson, A.-H., 2010. Effect of late gestation low protein supply to mink (Mustela vison) dams on reproductive performance and metabolism of dam and offspring. Archives of Animal Nutrition 64, 56-76.
Miller, D.R., Blache, D., Jackson, R.B., Dowling, E., Roche, J.R., 2010. Metabolic maturity at birth and neonate lamb survival and growth: Association among maternal factors, litter size, lamb birth weight, and plasma metabolic and endocrine factors on survival and behavior. Journal of Animal Science 88, 581-593.
Vinoles, C. Paganoni, B. Glover, K.M.M. Milton, J.T.B. Blache, D. Blackberry, M.A. and Martin, G.B. 2010 The use of a ‘first-wave’ model to study the effect of nutrition on ovarian follicular dynamics and ovulation rate in the female sheep. Reproduction 140, 865–874.


Ben Salem, I. Rekik, M. Ben Hamouda, M. Lassoued, N. and Blache, D. (2009) Live weight and metabolic changes and the associated reproductive performance in maiden ewes. Small Ruminant Research 81, 70-74.
Bickell, S.L. and Blache, D. (2009) Attitudes of undergraduate science students towards the use of animals in teaching. Teaching and Learning Forum 2009. Teaching and Learning Forum 2009, Perth.
Bickell, S.L. Nowak, R. Poindron, P. Sèbe, F. Chadwick, A. Ferguson, D. and Blache, D. (2009) Temperament does not affect the overall establishment of mutual preference between the mother and her young in sheep measured in a choice test. Developmental Psychobiology 51, 429-438.
Bickell, S.L. Poindron, P. Nowak, R. Chadwick, A. Ferguson, D. and Blache, D. (2009) Genotype rather than non-genetic behavioural transmission determines the temperament of Merino lambs. Animal Welfare 18, 459-466.
Blache, D. and Maloney, S.K. (2009) Animal welfare legislation in Australia. Agrociencia 13, 35-44.
Blache, D. and Martin, G.B. (2009) Focus feeding to improve reproductive performance in male and female sheep and goats – how it works and strategies for using it. Options Mediterraneennes 85, 351-364.
Cenesiz, M. Yildiz, S. Kaya, M. Onder, F. Ucar, O. Uzun, M. Blackberry, M. Blache, D. Kaya, I. Unal, Y. Oncuer, A. and Martin, G.B. (2009) Tanniniferous Oak (Quercus hartwissiana) leaves do not affect plasma levels of leptin, IGF-I and LH in lambs. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances 8, 634-642.
Chagas, L.M. Lucy, M.C. Back, P.J. Blache, D. Lee, J.M. Gore, P.J.S. Sheahan, A.J. and Roche, J.R. (2009) Insulin resistance in divergent strains of Holstein-Friesian dairy cows offered fresh pasture and increasing amounts of concentrate in early lactation. J. Dairy Sci. 92, 216-222.
Hart, K.W. Contou, C. Blackberry, M. and Blache, D. (2009) Merino ewes divergently selected for calm temperament have a greater concentration of immunoglobulin g in their colostrum than nervous ewes. Proceeding of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics 18, 576-579.
Hawken, P.A.R. Esmaili, T. Scanlan, V. Blache, D. and Martin, G.B. (2009) Can audio–visual or visual stimuli from a prospective mate stimulate a reproductive neuroendocrine response in sheep? Animal 3, 690-696.
Hawken, P.A.R. Jorre De St Jorre, T. Rodger, J. Esmaili, T. Blache, D. and Martin, G.B. (2009) Rapid induction of cell proliferation in the adult female ungulate brain associated with activation of the reproductive axis by exposure to unfamiliar males. Biology Of Reproduction 80, 1146-1151.
Miller, D.R. Jackson, R.B. Blache, D. and Roche, J.R. (2009) Metabolic maturity at birth and neonate lamb survival and growth: the effects of maternal low dose dexamethasone treatment. Journal of Animal Science 87, 3167-3178.
Murray, T.L. Blache, D. and Bencini, R. (2009) The selection of dairy sheep on calm temperament before milking and its effect on management and milk production. Small Ruminant Research 87, 45-49.


Beausoleil, N., Blache, D., Stafford, K.J., Mellor, D.J., Noble, A.D.L., 2008. Exploring the basis of divergent selection for ‘temperament’ in domestic sheep. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 109, 261-274.
Blache, D., Maloney, S.K., Revell, D., 2008. Use and limitations of alternative feed resources to sustain and improve reproductive performance in sheep and goats. Animal Feed Science and Technology 147, 140-157.
Blache, D., Martin, G.B., Maloney, S.K., 2008. Towards ethically improved animal experimentation in the study of animal reproduction. Reproduction in Domestic Animals 43 (Supll. 2), 8-14.
Chagas, L.M., Gore, P.J.S., Graham, G., Macdonald, K.A., Blache, D., 2008. Effect of restricted feeding and monopropylene glycol postpartum on metabolic hormones and postpartum anestrus in grazing dairy heifers. Journal of Dairy Science 91, 1822-1833.
Digby, S., Masters, D., Blache, D., Blackberry, M., Hynd, P.I., Revell, D., 2008. Reproductive capacity of Merino ewes fed a high-salt diet. Animal 2, 1353-1360.
Forhead, A.J., Lamb, C.A., Franko, K.L., O'Connor, D.M., Wooding, F.B.P., Cripps, R.L., Ozanne, S.E., Blache, D., Min, D., Fowden, A.L., 2008. Role of leptin in the regulation of growth and carbohydrate metabolism in the ovine fetus during late gestation. Journal of Physiology 586, 2393-2403.
Husted, S.M., Nielsen, B.D., Blache, D., Ingvartsen, K.L., 2008. Glucose homeostasis and metabolic adaptation in the pregnant and lactating sheep are affected by the level of nutrition previously provided during her late fetal life. Domestic Animal Endocrinology 34, 419-431.
Martin, G.B., Blache, D., Williams, I.H., 2008. Allocation of resources to reproduction, In: Rauw, W. (Ed.), Resource allocation theory applied to farm animal production, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 169-191.
Nowak, R., Porter, R.H., Blache, D., Dwyer, C.M., 2008. Behaviour and welfare of sheep, In: Dwyer, C.M. (Ed.), The welfare of sheep, Springer, Berlin, pp. 81-134.
Rasmussen, A.N., Nielsen, M.O., Tauson, A.-H., Offenberg, H., Thomsen, P.D., Blache, D., 2008. Mammary gland leptin in relation to lactogenesis in the periparturient dairy goat. Small Ruminant Research 75, 71-79.
Roche, J.F., Blache, D., Kay, J.K., Miller, D.R., Sheahan, A.J., Miller, D.W., 2008. Neuroendocrine and physiological regulation of intake with particular reference to domesticated ruminant animals. Nutr. Res. Rev. 21, 207–234.
Roche, J.R., Sheahan, A.J., Chagas, L.M., Blache, D., Berry, D.P., Kay, J.K., 2008. Long-Term Infusions of Ghrelin and Obestatin in Early Lactation Dairy Cows. Journal of Dairy Science 91, 4728-4740.
Tygesen, M.P., Tauson, A.-H., Blache, D., Husted, S.M., Nielsen, M.O., 2008. Late foetal life nutrient restriction and sire genotype affect postnatal performance of lambs. Animal 2, 574-581.
Wells, A.E.D., Blache, D., 2008. Horses do not exhibit motor bias when their balance is challenged. Animal 2, 1645-1650.


Alvarez, R.L., Galindo, M.F., Zarco, Q.L., Blache, D., Martin, G.B., 2007. Social rank and response to the “male effect” in the Australian Cashmere goat. Animal Reproduction Science 102, 258-266.
Anukulkitch, C., Rao, A., Dunshea, F., Blache, D., Lincoln, G., Clarke, I., 2007. Influence of photoperiod and gonadal status on food intake, adiposity and gene expression of hypothalamic appetite regulators in a seasonal mammal. American Journal of Physiology 292, R242-R252.
Blache, D., Chagas, L.M., Martin, G.B., 2007. Nutritional inputs into the reproductive neuroendocrine control system – a multidimensional perspective, In: Juengel, J.I., Murray, J.F., Smith, M.F. (Eds.), Reproduction in Domestic Ruminants VI, Nottingham University Press, Nottingham, UK, pp. 123-139.
Blache, D., Grandison, M.J., Masters, D.G., Dynes, R.A., Blackberry, M.A., Martin, G.B., 2007. Relationships between metabolic endocrine systems and voluntary feed intake in Merino sheep fed a high salt diet. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 47, 544-550.
Celi, P., Walkden-Brown, S.W., Blache, D., Szell, A.Z., Wilkinson, H.M., Martin, G.B., 2007. Twin efficiency for reproductive variables in monozygotic twin sheep. Theriogenology 68, 663-672.
Chagas, L.M., Bass, J.J., Blache, D., Burke, C.R., Kay, J.K., Lindsay, D.R., Lucy, M.C., Martin, G.B., Meir, S., Rhodes, F.M., Roche, J.R., Thatcher, W.W., Webb, R., 2007. New perspectives on the roles of nutrition and metabolic priorities in the subfertility of high-producing dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 90, 4022-4032.
Hawken, P.A.R., Beard, A.P., Esmaili, T., Kadokawa, H., Evans, A.C., Blache, D., Martin, G.B., 2007. The introduction of rams induces an increase in pulsatilie LH secretion in cyclic ewes during the breeding season. Theriogenology 68, 56-66.
Husted, S.M., Nielsen, M.O., Tygesen, M.P., Kiani, A., Blache, D., Ingvartsen, K.L., 2007. Programming of intermediate metabolism in young lambs affected by late gestational maternal undernourishment. American Journal of Physiology 293, E548-E557.
Kadokawa, H., Aikawa, K., Kimura, K., Blache, D., Williams, I.H., Martin, G.B., 2007. Links between de novo fatty acid synthesis and leptin secretion in bovine adipocytes. J. Vet. Med. Sci. 69, 225-231.
Maloney, S.K., Mitchell, D., Blache, D., 2007. The contribution of carotid rete variability to brain temperature variability in sheep in a thermoneutral environment. American Journal of Physiology 292, R1298-R1305.
Matthiesen, C.F., Blache, D., Tauson, A.-H., 2007. Effect of in utero metabolic programming on postnatal growth of mink kits, In: Ortigues-Marty, I. (Ed.), Energy and protein metabolism and nutrition. EAAP publication, no. 124, Wageningen Academic Publishers, Vichy, pp. 201-202.
O'Connor, D.M., Blache, D., Hoggard, N., Brookes, E., Wooding, F.B., Fowden, A.L., Forhead, A.J., 2007. Developmental control of plasma leptin and adipose leptin mRNA in the ovine fetus during late gestation: role of glucocorticoids and thyroid hormones. Endocrinology 148, 3750-3757.
Szymanski, L.A., Schneider, J.E., Friedman, M.I., Ji, H., Kurose, Y., Blache, D., Rao, A., Dunshea, F.R., Clarke, I.J., 2007. Changes in insulin, glucose and ketone bodies, but not leptin or body fat content precede restoration of luteinising hormone secretion in ewes. Journal of Neuroendocrinology 19, 449-460.


Blache, D., Zhang, S., Martin, G.B., 2006. Dynamic and integrative aspects of the regulation of reproduction by metabolic status in male sheep. Reproduction, Nutrition, Development 46, 379-390.
Celi, P., Blache, D., Blackberry, M., Martin, G.B., 2006. Intracerebroventricular infusion of leptin into mature Merino rams of different metabolic status: effects on blood concentrations of glucose and reproductive and metabolic hormones. Reproduction in Domestic Animals 41, 79-90.
Chagas, L.M., Rhodes, F.M., Blache, D., Gore, P.J.S., MacDonald, K.A., Verkerk, G.A., 2006. Precalving feeding and body condition effects on metabolic responses and postpartum anestrus interval in grazing primiparous dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 89, 1981-1989.
Hart, K.W., Chadwick, A., Sébé, F., Poindron, P., Nowak, R., Blache, D., 2006. Colostrum quality of ewes of calm temperament is not responsible for low lamb mortality. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 46, 827-829.
Kadokawa, H., Blache, D., Martin, G.B., 2006. Plasma leptin levels correlate positively with pulsatile LH secretion in early postpartum Holstein dairy cows. Journal of Dairy Science 89, 3020-3027.
Muirhead, S., Blache, D., Wykes, B., Bencini, R., 2006. Roo-Guard® sound emitters are not effective at deterring tammar wallabies (Macropus eugenii) from a source of food. Wildlife Research 33, 131-136.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
Associate Professor - School of Animal Biology
Associate Professor - UWA Institute of Agriculture


Animal Ethics and Welfare

Emotion and stress in animals

Future research
Genetic markers for emotional reactivity in sheep

Methods to teach Animal Ethics

Funding received
Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation: Ass/Prof Dominique Blache, Prof Shane Maloney, Assis/Prof Amin Mugera
Method of Castration in Alpacas - 2013-2017 AU$98,000

NHMRC Project Grants: Ass/Prof/ Jennifer Pillow, Ass/Prof Dominique Blache, Prof Kurt Albertine, Assis/Prof Peter Noble, Dr Andrew Gill, Ass/Prof Mary Black, Assis/Prof Jonas Rubenson
Separating the adverse neurodevelopmental consequences of mechanical ventilation and postnatal steroids in preterm lambs - 2014-2017: AU$$1,689,652

WA Department of Health:Ass/Prof/ Jennifer Pillow, Ass/Prof Dominique Blache, Dr Andrew Currie, Assis/Prof Peter Noble
Postnatal Steroids & Antenatal Chorioamnionitis - Between the Scylla & Charybdis of Inflammation & Apoptosis After Preterm Birth - 2013-2014: AU$$200,000
French (mother-tongue), English (fluent), Spanish (Knowledge) Thai (Knowledge)
Previous positions
2005 - 2010: Senior Lecturer
School of Animal Biology – Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, UWA

2000 - 2005: Lecturer
School of Animal Biology – Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science, UWA

1993 - 2000: Research Fellow
NHMRC and ARC funded position
Animal Science – Faculty of Agriculture, UWA
I currently lecture in the following units:

SCIE2100: Social Responsibility in Action (Sem 1)

NEUR1001: Neuroscience in Society (Sem 1)

ANIM2208: Animal Ethics & Welfare (Sem 2)

ANIM3306: Clean Green and Ethical Animal Production (Sem 2)

AGRI4403: Animal Science and Technology 1 (Sem 1)

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Current projects
Current projects with the following PhD Students:

Lorelle Barrett: Welfare indicators of commercial breeding ducks

Anna Amir: Secondary plant compounds and reproduction in sheep

Aprille Chadwick - Improving welfare of reproductive technologies for goats

Daud Dzulsuhaimi - Thermoregulation and reproduction in male alpacas

Travis Murray - Dairy ewes and temperament: shape up or sheep out

Projects with past PhD students:

Xiaoyan Qiu: Gene polymorphisms associated with temperament in Merino sheep

Stacey Rietema: Temperament and activity of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis in sheep

Kelsie Moore: Pelt characteristics and insulation in alpacas

Mikaela Ciprian: Ethical theories and decision making in Animal Ethics Committee

Miriam Sullivan: How can we improve welfare for aquarium fish?

Kirrin Lund - Energy and nitrogen metabolism in alpacas

Alex Wells - Why producers do what they do: the case of mulesing in the Australian wool industry

Joanne Elliott - Attitudes, social influence and human behaviour in the adoption of strategies to improve lamb survival

Sharon Tay - Does mums diet affect her offspring?
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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