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  • Habitat selection of dairy-sheep in Atlantic mountain grasslands.

    Author(s) : Arzak, M.Odriozola, I.García-Baquero, G.Barron, L. J. R.Aldezabal, A.

    Author Affiliation : Plant Biology and Ecology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Sarriena, 48940 Leioa, Spain.

    Author Email : maddi.arzac@ehu.eus

    Editors : Casasús, I.Lombardi, G.

    Journal article; Conference paper : Options Méditerranéennes. Série A, Séminaires Méditerranéens 2016 No.116 pp.227-230 ref.8

    Conference Title : Mountain pastures and livestock farming facing uncertainty: environmental, technical and socio-economic challenges. 19th Meeting of the Sub-Network on Mediterranean Pastures of the FAO-CIHEAM International Network for the Research and Development of Pastures and Fodder Crops, Zaragoza, Spain, 14-16 June 2016.

    Abstract : Understanding the implications of habitat selectionhabitat selectionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    by dairy sheepsheepSubject Category: Organism Names
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    for diet quality is essential for an appropriate management of grasslands and dairy production. Here we test whether ewesewesSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    select grassland patches with high plant diversity or with species of high nutritional quality (i.e. low carbon/nitrogen ratio -C/N ratio-) to meet their physiological needs. We also discuss whether non-lactating and lactating ewes behave alike. Our study was conducted in the Aralar Natural Park (Northern SpainspainSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    ) during the lactating period (2015, May-June). The geographical locations of 40 ewes from 3 different flocks were recorded every 30 minutes using GPS (Global Position System) devices: 7 lactating and 6-7 non-lactating in each flock. Floristic composition was measured and the most abundant plant species were collected to quantify N and C content. Dense and transition pasturespasturesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    were selected by ewes, regardless of their physiological state. The preference order of habitatshabitatsSubject Category: Habitats
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    differed among flocks. The positive correlation between selection index and plant diversity indicated that sheep selected the most diverse habitats, and not the higher N content ones to graze.

    ISSN : 1016-121X

    URL : http://om.ciheam.org/.../a116.pdf

    Record Number : 20173002591

    Publisher : Centre International de Hautes Etudes Agronomiques Méditerranéennes

    Location of publication : Montpellier

    Country of publication : France

    Language of text : English

    Language of summary : French

    Indexing terms for this abstract:

    Organism descriptor(s) : plantsplantsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , sheepsheepSubject Category: Organism Names
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    Descriptor(s) : botanical compositionbotanical compositionSubject Category: Properties
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    , dairy industrydairy industrySubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    , ewesewesSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    , florafloraSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    , grassland managementgrassland managementSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    , grasslandsgrasslandsSubject Category: Habitats
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    , habitat selectionhabitat selectionSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , habitatshabitatsSubject Category: Habitats
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    , mountain grasslandsmountain grasslandsSubject Category: Vegetation Types
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    , nitrogen contentnitrogen contentSubject Category: Properties
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    , nutritive valuenutritive valueSubject Category: Properties
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    , pasturespasturesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , speciesspeciesSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    , species diversityspecies diversitySubject Category: Properties
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    , species richnessspecies richnessSubject Category: Properties
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    Identifier(s) : grazing lands, Mediterranean countries, nutritional value, pasture management, quality for nutrition

    Geographical Location(s) : Mediterranean Regionmediterranean regionSubject Category: Biogeographic Regions
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    , SpainspainSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    Broader term(s) : OvisovisSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , BovidaebovidaeSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , ruminantsruminantsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , ArtiodactylaartiodactylaSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , mammalsmammalsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , vertebratesvertebratesSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , ChordatachordataSubject Category: Organism Names
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    , Developed Countriesdeveloped countriesSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , European Union Countrieseuropean union countriesSubject Category: Institutions and Organisations
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    , Mediterranean Regionmediterranean regionSubject Category: Biogeographic Regions
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    , Southern Europesouthern europeSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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    , EuropeeuropeSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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