Beef cattle (bos taurus) display individual differences in grazing behavior on rangelands such as those in California. Even same-breed cattle can exhibit a variety of grazing patterns, such as traversing more terrain, traveling further from water, and climbing higher elevation than their fellow herdmates.
[Photo by Nick Chudeau and caption by Maggie Creamer]
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Bailey, D. W., Lunt, S., Lipka, A., Thomas, M. G., Medrano, J. F., Cánovas, A., … Jensen, D. (2015). Genetic influences on cattle grazing distribution: Association of genetic markers with terrain use in cattle. Rangeland Ecology and Management, 68(2), 142–149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2015.02.001