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Foraging behaviour and plant selection in a herd of Icelandic goats

Foraging behaviour and plant selection in a herd of Icelandic goats


Titill: Foraging behaviour and plant selection in a herd of Icelandic goats
Höfundur: Ævarsdóttir, Hrafnhildur
Þórhallsdottir, Anna Gudrún   orcid.org/0000-0001-7201-6931
Sigurjónsdottir, Hrefna   orcid.org/0000-0002-4052-1324
Útgáfa: 2016-06
Tungumál: Enska
Umfang: 3-6
Háskóli/Stofnun: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
Landbúnaðarháskóli Íslands
Agricultural University of Iceland
Svið: Verkfræði- og náttúruvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Engineering and Natural Sciences (UI)
Menntavísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Education (UI)
Deild: Líf- og umhverfisvísindadeild (HÍ)
Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences (UI)
Auðlinda- og umhverfisdeild (LBHÍ)
Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (AUI)
Kennaradeild (HÍ)
Faculty of Teacher Education (UI)
Birtist í: Icelandic Agricultural Sciences;29
ISSN: 2298-786X
DOI: 10.16886/IAS.2016.01
Efnisorð: Búfjárrækt; Geitur
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/165

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Hrafnhildur Ævarsdóttir, Anna Guðrún Þórhallsdóttir og Hrefna Sigurjónsdóttir. 2016. Foraging behaviour and plant selection in a herd of Icelandic goats. Icelandic Agricultural Sciences 29 (2016): 3-6

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The Icelandic goat is an indigenous breed, descendant of goats brought to Iceland by Nordic and Celtic settlers in the 9th century (Adalsteinsson 1981). The population is estimated to have been below 1000 individuals for centuries and critically threatened at least twice. Today about 900 goats are found all over the country, mostly in small groups with one large herd located in west Iceland. Very few studies have been conducted on the Icelandic goat. Previously, only one study (on population genetics) has been published (Baldursdottir et al. 2012). The aim of the present study was to shed light on the plant selection and foraging behaviour of the largest goat herd in Iceland.

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