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Cattle Grazing and Behavior on a Forested Range

Leonard Roy Roath and William C. Krueger
Journal of Range Management
Vol. 35, No. 3 (May, 1982), pp. 332-338
DOI: 10.2307/3898312
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3898312
Page Count: 7
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Cattle Grazing and Behavior on a Forested Range
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Abstract

Environmental and topographic parameters on a mountainous forested range were analyzed to establish causes of cattle behavioral responses. Distinct home range groups of cattle were identified through examination of quality and patterns of forage use, cattle distribution, herd social structure, and cattle activities. The home range of one group encompassed only upland areas. Water and vegetation type were important parameters in determining area and degree of use. Vertical distance above water was the most important factor in determining vegetation utilization on moderately steep slopes. Time after sunrise and relative humidity factors were key factors in determining kind and timing of cattle activity.

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