Title

Training livestock to leave streams and use uplands

Document Type

Book

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Utah State University Extension

Publisher

Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation & Ecosystem Management

Publication Date

6-2012

Last Page

2pp.

Abstract

Cattle can damage streams and surrounding vegetation—riparian areas—by breaking down banks decreasing water quality, and reducing wildlife living in the stream and on the land. Suggested solutions to this problem have traditionally ranged from the cost prohibitive-constructing fences along waterways-to the extreme-removing livestock completely from rangelands. Behavior principles offer a third, often more cost-effective solution: Using riders to train animals to choose to leave riparian areas and graze on uplands.