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The Use of Regression Models to Predict Spatial Patterns of Cattle Behavior

R. L. Senft, L. R. Rittenhouse and R. G. Woodmansee
Journal of Range Management
Vol. 36, No. 5 (Sep., 1983), pp. 553-557
DOI: 10.2307/3898338
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3898338
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Abstract

Predictive models of cattle behavior were developed by applying multiple regression analysis to a body of behavior observations. Seven independent variables were required to describe the spatial patterns of three modes of behavior on an annual basis. Coefficients of determination were 0.50, 0.34, 0.25, and 0.20 for grazing + travel, summer resting, winter resting, and bedding, respectively. Spatial patterns of each mode were predicted for a 125-ha pasture, upon which a separate set of behavior observations had been made. Comparisons of observed and predicted patterns varied from a close fit for grazing to marginal for resting. Validation using the spatial pattern of fecal deposition, however, yielded a close fit. It was concluded that multiple regression models can be useful in predicting spatial patterns of livestock behavior and may have unexploited potential as both management and research tools.

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