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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Cattle trampling of simulated ground nests under short duration and continuous grazing
Year: 1983
Author(s): Koerth, B. H., Webb, W. M., Bryant, F. C., Guthery, F. S.
Source Title: Journal of Range Management
Source Type: Journal
pages: 385-386
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: Trampling by cattle on simulated ground nests were compared between continuous (CONT) grazing at 8.0 ha/steer and short duration grazing (SDG) at 5.3 ha/steer. Trampling losses were similar under CONT grazing (15%) and SDG (9%) at a nest density of 1/ha. Percentage trampling loss did not increase at higher nest densities under either grazing regime. Nest survival curves indicated a loss rate of 2.21%/wk under CONT grazing and 2.09%/wk under SDG. The data from this study suggest there is no reason for concern that SDG with cattle will increase trampling loss of ground nests over CONT grazing.