The Grassland Research Centre of Levington Research Station.
The spatial distribution of excreta under intensive cattle grazing
Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
Grass and Forage Science
Volume 31, Issue 2, pages 89–92, June 1976
How to Cite
RICHARDS, I. R. and WOLTON, K. M. (1976), The spatial distribution of excreta under intensive cattle grazing. Grass and Forage Science, 31: 89–92. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2494.1976.tb01123.x
- Issue published online: 27 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
- (Received 24 April 1975; revised 6 January 1976)
The spatial distribution of excreta from intensive cattle grazing was recorded and was described by a negative binomial function. This enabled the proportion of a pasture surface affected by excreta to be calculated for various grazing periods. Where the effect of excreta on the sward was short-lived, as for urine N, or where the total area covered by excreta remained small, as for dung, then little overlapping of effective excreta patches could be expected. Appreciable overlapping of effective patches could, however, occur for the long-lived urine K effect and this should be taken into account when estimating the proportion of a pasture surface affected.