Factors Affecting Site Use Preference of Grazing Cattle Studied from 2000 to 2020 through GPS Tracking: A Review

M Jordana Rivero, Patricia Grau-Campanario, Siobhan Mullan, Suzanne D E Held, Jessica E Stokes, Michael R F Lee, Laura M Cardenas

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Abstract

Understanding the behaviour of grazing animals at pasture is crucial in order to develop management strategies that will increase the potential productivity of grazing systems and simultaneously decrease the negative impact on the environment. The objective of this review was to summarize and analyse the scientific literature that has addressed the site use preference of grazing cattle using global positioning systems (GPS) collars in the past 21 years (2000-2020) to aid the development of more sustainable grazing livestock systems. The 84 studies identified were undertaken in several regions of the world, in diverse production systems, under different climate conditions and with varied methodologies and animal types. This work presents the information in categories according to the main findings reviewed, covering management, external and animal factors driving animal movement patterns. The results showed that some variables, such as stocking rate, water and shade location, weather conditions and pasture (terrain and vegetation) characteristics, have a significant impact on the behaviour of grazing cattle. Other types of bio-loggers can be deployed in grazing ruminants to gain insights into their metabolism and its relationship with the landscape they utilise. Changing management practices based on these findings could improve the use of grasslands towards more sustainable and productive livestock systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2696
JournalSensors (Basel, Switzerland)
Volume21
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Livestock
  • Ruminants
  • Water
  • Weather

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