Calculating Foraging Area Using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Technology
AuthorAnderson, Dean M.
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CitationAnderson, D. M. (2014). Calculating Foraging Area Using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Technology. Rangelands, 36(6), 31-35.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
AbstractOn the Ground • Optimum forage utilization on animal-dominated landscapes can only occur when stocking rate (SR) and stocking density (SD) are considered and managed simultaneously. • Landscapes with foraging animals contain vegetation ranging from unused to over-used even under a proper SR. • The global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technology has catapulted our understanding of spatial–temporal management of free-ranging livestock into a 24/7 opportunity. • Location-specific data will improve management of stocked landscapes, both ecologically and economically. • GNSS data from instrumented animals provides an opportunity to understand when and where a landscape is used to improve animal distribution. • A proper SR and management of animal distribution (i.e., SD) will facilitate adaptive management of animal dominated landscapes.