Stress and the Free-Ranging Animal, A Western Regional Research Publication

TitleStress and the Free-Ranging Animal, A Western Regional Research Publication
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsAnderson D.M., Havstad K, Hinds F.C.
Conference NameStress and the Free-Ranging Animal, Western Regional Coordinating Committee on Utilization of Range Forage for Rangeland and Domestic Ruminant Production, W-151
Date PublishedJune 1990
PublisherNew Mexico Agrcultural Experiment Station
Conference LocationCrystal Bay, NV
Keywordsfree-ranging livestock, impact, management strategies, production, stress
AbstractGrazed forages provide basic nutrition for most ruminant livestock and substantial wildlife populations in the United States. Grazed forages are important economically because over 35% of the total nutritional requirements for United States beef cattle, sheep and goat populations are derived from this resource. Specific factors that effect productivity and health of domestic animals occupies the central focus of most management systems and form the basis of most current day research thrusts. These facts lend credence to the need for regional research focused on optimum and sustained production from rangelands. One method to foster regional cooperation is through regional projects such as Western Regional Project W-151 in which both state and federal research is focused on questions which not only have local but also regional importance. Regional projects normally operate within a 5-year time frame. Prior to the fifth year, the participating members make a decision on whether the project should be revised, if a new project should be submitted or if the regional research should simply be conducted under the guidelines of a continuing committee. In October 1983, the research locations participating in W-151 revised the then current project for the ensuing 5-year period (October 1, 1984 through September 30, 1989). The new regional project was given the title "Utilization of range forage for rangeland and domestic ruminant animal production." Two main objectives formed the basis for this project. The first focused on activities of free-ranging livestock as they relate to livestock production efficiency and its impact on the standing crop. The second objective involved assimilating current knowledge into livestock production models for evaluating management strategies and identifying research needs.
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