Applied ethology in a nomadic cattle culture

Dale F. Lott, Benjamin Hart

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The management techniques of the nomadic Fulani herdsmen rely heavily on exploitation of the behavioral predispositions of cattle. Most of the predispositions had adaptive value before domestication. They include the social roles of the dominant and leader animals, amicable interactions, and the aversion of cattle to their own feces. The concept of a behaviorally-oriented approach to livestock husbandry may have value in more highly industrialized farming operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-319
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Animal Ethology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979


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