McNay Research and Demonstration Farm
Previous research has shown that grazing cattle tend to congregate in streamside zones of pastures to obtain water and shade for thermoregulation. However, problems associated with thermoregulation may be increased because of the presence of endophyte-infected tall fescue in pastures. Defining relationships between cattle distribution, such pasture characteristics as size, shape, shade distribution, botanical composition, and climatic factors related to heat stress, will provide the basis for the development and implementation of management practices that minimize nonpoint source pollution possibly associated with grazing cattle.
Iowa State University
Bear, Douglas A.; Russell, James R.; and Morrical, Daniel G., "Cattle Temporal and Spatial Distribution in Midwestern Pastures Using Global Positioning (Three-year Progress Report)" (2010). Iowa State Research Farm Progress Reports. 362.