Distance traveled by free-ranging supplemented and nonsupplemented lactating and nonlactating cows

TitleDistance traveled by free-ranging supplemented and nonsupplemented lactating and nonlactating cows
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsRouda R.R., Anderson D.M., Murray L.W., Smith J.N.
JournalApplied Animal Behavior Science
Volume28
Pagination221-232
Date Published1990
Abstract

Daily travel of protein supplemented and non-supplemented lactating and non-lactating mature (>4 years of age) Santa Gertrudis X Hereford and Hereford X Santa Gertrudis crossbred cows was estimated between 29 May and 18 August 1986. The study was conducted on semidesert rangeland in south-central New Mexico. Ambient air temperatures ranged between 7 and 38°C. Relative humidity ranged between 15 and 91%, with precipitation 49% above the long-term January–August mean of 147 mm. Four lactating and 4 non-lactating cows were fed an average of 1.4 kg per head day−1 of a 41% crude protein cottonseed supplement every 3.5 days. Ten similar non-supplemented cows, 5 lactating and 5 non-lactating, were grazed with the supplemented animals in paddocks averaging >2000 ha in size. To monitor travel, the 18 cows were each bi-pedometered with digital pedometers attached to their front legs.

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DOI10.1016/0168-1591(90)90101-I