The Behaviour of Free-ranging Cattle on an Alpine Range in Australia
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CitationVan Rees, H., & Hutson, G. D. (1983). The behaviour of free-ranging cattle on an alpine range in Australia. Journal of Range Management, 36(6), 740-743.
PublisherSociety for Range Management
JournalJournal of Range Management
AbstractThe behaviour of free-ranging cattle on the Bogong High Plains, Victoria, was investigated during 2 summer grazing seasons. The main influence on cattle distribution was found to be their preferences for particular vegetation communities. Cattle preferred to graze in grassland and closed heathland and avoided mossbeds. Cattle preferred to rest on grassland, wet grassland, and at cattle camps. The interaction of cattle with mossbeds, the vegetation community most susceptible to disturbance, was investigated in detail. Cattle visited mossbeds primarily to drink, although a small number of animals entered them to graze.