Flerds affect free-ranging animal distribution during foraging

TitleFlerds affect free-ranging animal distribution during foraging
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsSun P., Murray L.W., Anderson D.M., Nakamatsu V.B., Fredrickson E.L., Havstad K
Conference Name55th Annual Meeting, Society for Range Management
Date PublishedFebruary 13, 200
ARIS Log Number134353
Keywordsdistribution, flerds, foraging, free-ranging animals
AbstractThe uniform distribution of free-ranging animals is the second most important management goal to be attained once a proper stocking rate has been established. Various management tools have been used to improve forage utilization. However, nonuniform landscape utilization still characterizes the foraging pattern of many animals, especially sheep and goats. Preliminary data suggests if sheep, goats, and cattle remain together as a flerd during foraging, grazing pressure is spread more uniformly over the landscape compared to the foraging pattern of flocks.