Human choices, slope and vegetation productivity determine patterns of traditional alpine summer grazing

Salvatore Raniolo, Enrico Sturaro & Maurizio Ramanzin
Grazing behaviour influences animal productivity and the conservation of grassland ecosystem services. We used GPS tracking and remote sensing (NDVI index) to monitor the grazing patterns of lactating cows on the ‘Malga Ombretta’ summer farm (1,957 m asl) in the Dolomites, eastern Italian Alps, from 5th July to 5th August 2018. The pasture area (35 ha) was grazed by a mixed herd of Simmental and Alpine grey cows (stocking density = 0.6 LU/ha) under traditional...
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