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Participatory Mapping as an Approach to Identify Grazing Pressure in the Altay Mountains, Mongolia
Sustainable rangeland management is crucial for maintaining forage resources in pastoral systems, globally. However, pastoral regions are often remote and therefore data poor when it comes to resource monitoring. We tested participatory mapping as a means to rapidly assess rangeland use to identify areas with high grazing pressure. Participatory geographic information system data and herbaceous biomass production data were collected and georeferenced to establish a grazing pressure index for a summer pasture in the ...
Evolution of Rural Livelihood Strategies in a Remote Sino-Mongolian Border Area: A Cross-Country Analysis
Ecologically sound natural resources management is still the backbone of rural livelihoods in many regions of the world. The Altai-Dzungarian region between China and Mongolia constitutes an ideal site to study how political, economic, infrastructural, and cultural differences affect rural livelihoods. Structured semi-quantitative interviews were conducted with 483 households on both sides to characterise their current livelihood strategies and assess the importance of the various activities for the households’ current ...
How to tackle alveolar milk ejection problems during milking in dam rearing? Influence of different stimuli in the parlour and effects of half-day compared to free contact
Dissertation Katharina Zipp 2018: Wie können Alveolarmilch-Ejektionsstörungen beim Melken bei muttergebundener Kälberaufzucht reduziert werden? Einfluss verschiedener Stimuli im Melkstand und Auswirkungen von halbtägigem im Vergleich zu freiem Kontakt Bei der muttergebundenen Kälberaufzucht, bei der Milchkühe zusätzlich zum Melken ihre eigenen Kälber für mehrere Wochen säugen, kann die Menge der ermelkbaren Milch stark reduziert sein. Ein Grund hierfür sind Alveolarmilch-Ejektionsstörungen. Daher zielt diese ...
The relevance of herders’ local ecological knowledge on coping with livestock losses during harsh winters in western Mongolia
In many regions of the world, traditional and local ecological knowledge is still important today for coping with environmental challenges. This study explored the relevance of such knowledge for predicting and coping with harsh winter conditions (dzud) in a remote area of western Mongolia, where government support to disaster-affected herders is restricted by weak infrastructure. Structured face-to-face interviews were held in 50 households (HHs), addressing aspects of livestock possession and management as well as ...
Human-Animal Relationship in Dairy Farming: Evaluation of measures for on-farm application and investigation of influences on cows´ behaviour towards humans
The objective of the present thesis was (1) to evaluate measures of the human-animal relationship (HAR) in dairy cows regarding their reliability, validity and practical applicability in animal welfare science and breeding. (2) Moreover, important human and farm influences on the cows´ behaviour towards humans in the barn and in the milking parlour should be identified via a cross-sectional investigation. In the pilot phase, four behavioural measures applied in the barn have been identified as practical and reliable ...