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Leadership linked to group composition in Highland cattle (Bos taurus): Implications for livestock management

By Cédric Sueur, Cédric Kuntz, Elise Debergue, Blandine Keller, Florian Robic, Flora Siegwalt-Baudin, Camille Richer, Amandine Ramos, Marie Pelé

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Abstract

Animals kept for livestock or conservation form strong cohesive groups when foraging and moving, in the same way as their wild counterparts. Collective decision-making involves making compromises by consensus to maintain group cohesion and synchronisation. This type of consensus can be observed...

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  1. Cattle
  2. Decision making
  3. Dominance
  4. Farms
  5. Leadership
  6. Livestock
  7. Social Networks
  8. ungulates