Reliable relocation

Reliable relocation and voluntary retention on a new water point near a river

Have a look at the diagram here. The green lines show the tracks of a cow along a river with permanent water. It is a typical pattern, with the animal spending most of its time in a favoured location, and not utilising other areas. The white lines show a different story. Here, the cattle were taken to a water point only about 4 km from the river, and with the application of simple RSH tactics, the animals were encouraged to stay on the ‘new water’. They spent at least the next month in their new home range, even though they could easily have returned to the river. This shows a new set of experiences and behaviours were formed, with potentially profound affects on landscape management and animal performance.

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