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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Flerds Affect Free-Ranging Animal Distribution During Foraging

Authors
item Sun, P - NMSU, GRAD PROGRAM
item Murray, L - NEW MEXICO STATE UNIV
item Anderson, Dean
item Nakamatsu, V - NMSU, FORMER GRAD STUDENT
item Frederickson, Eddie
item Havstad, Kris

Submitted to: Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: February 13, 2002
Publication Date: February 13, 2002
Citation: SUN, P., MURRAY, L.W., ANDERSON, D.M., NAKAMATSU, V.B., FREDRICKSON, E.L., HAVSTAD, K.M. FLERDS AFFECT FREE-RANGING ANIMAL DISTRIBUTION DURING FORAGING. 55TH ANNUAL MEETING, SOCIETY FOR RANGE MANAGEMENT. 2002. ABSTRACT P. 83.

Technical Abstract: The uniform distribution of free-ranging animals is the second most important management goal to be attained once a proper stocking rate has been established. Various management tools have been used to improve forage utilization. However, nonuniform landscape utilization still characterizes the foraging pattern of many animals, especially sheep and goats. Preliminary data suggests if sheep, goats, and cattle remain together as a flerd during foraging, grazing pressure is spread more uniformly over the landscape compared to the foraging pattern of flocks.

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