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Research Project: MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR CONSERVATION OF WESTERN RANGELANDS

Location: Range Management Research

Title: Movement and spatial proximity patterns of rangeland-raised Raramuri Criollo cow-calf pairs

Author
item NYAMUREKUNG'E, S. - New Mexico State University
item CIBILS, ANDRES - New Mexico State University
item Estell, Richard - Rick
item Gonzalez, Alfredo
item ROACHO-ESTRADA, O. - Universidad Autonoma De Chihuahua
item RODRIGUEZ-ALMEIDA, F - Universidad Autonoma De Chihuahua

Submitted to: Journal of Animal Science Supplement
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/21/2016
Publication Date: 7/26/2016
Citation: Nyamurekung'E, S., Cibils, A., Estell, R.E., Gonzalez, A.L., Roacho-Estrada, O., Rodriguez-Almeida, F.A. 2016. Movement and spatial proximity patterns of rangeland-raised Raramuri Criollo cow-calf pairs. Journal of Animal Science Supplement. 94, E-Supple 5:39.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The objective of this study was to compare movement patterns of nursing vs. nonnursing mature cows and to characterize cow-calf proximity patterns in two herds of Raramuri Criollo cattle. Herds grazed rangeland pastures in southern New Mexico (4355 ha) and west-central Chihuahua, Mexico (633 ha)'' At each site, five nursing and four nonnursing adult cows weighing approximately 325 kg were fitted with Lotek 3300 LR GPS collars which recorded animal position at 10-min intervals for 25 d during March to April 2015. Nursing cows and their calves were also fitted with Sirtrack proximity loggers that recorded number and length of dam-calf contact events (