Alpine grazing: does it reduce blazing?

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.

Aim: 
To investigate the behaviour and movements of free-ranging cattle on an Australian Alpine Range.
Type of Study: 
Natural history
Key Results: 
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.
Treatments: 
N.A.
Models: 
Frequentist (P values). Contingency tables/cross tabulations; t-test; chi squared test.
Comments: 
Clear demonstration of the plant communities preferred by cattle in Australian alpine environment
Reviewer: 
Imogen Fraser; Dick Williams
Locations: 
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).
Replication: 
27,000 observations of cattle recorded during 11 sessions; cow and calf pair followed for 24-hours on 4 occasions.
Ecosystem: 
Alpine grassland, open heathland, closed heathland, wet grassland and mossbed.
Full Reference: 
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.