To investigate the behaviour and movements of free-ranging cattle on an Australian Alpine Range.
Type of Study:
In both (Cope Creek and Nelse) study areas grazing cattle preferred grassland (pp. 743). Open heathland and closed heathland communities were not actively preferred, and utilisation was similar to availability.
Frequentist (P values). Contingency tables/cross tabulations; t-test; chi squared test.
Clear demonstration of the plant communities preferred by cattle in Australian alpine environment
Imogen Fraser; Dick Williams
Bogong High Plains, Australian Alpine National Park, Victoria, Australia
Response variable :
The activity (grazing, standing head raised, lying, walking, and drinking), the vegetation community occupied, and the distance to the nearest neighbouring cow (pp. 741).
27,000 observations of cattle recorded during 11 sessions; cow and calf pair followed for 24-hours on 4 occasions.
Alpine grassland, open heathland, closed heathland, wet grassland and mossbed.
van Rees H., Hutson G.D. (1983) The behaviour of free-ranging cattle on an alpine range in Australia. Journal of Range Management 36, 1983.