Learning Tools

Listed below are a number of resources to help you learn more about the behavior of livestock:

  1. If this is your first visit to our website, I suggest viewing Using Livestock on Your Operation. It overviews the principles of animal behavior along with videos on youtube that demonstrates principles of animals behavior. 
  2. Want to give a talk about behavior? You can download powerpoint presentations, videos, etc. from BEHAVE: Instructor Resources. 
  3. Our newest resource is Saving Money and Improving Landscapes. It is a series of videos and print material that examines the economic benefits of changing animal behavior.
  4. We also have fact sheets which highlight a single behavioral principle or application.
  5. An online book and video entitled Foraging Behavior
  6. Behavior facts is a list of the main findings from a variety of scientific studies on behavior and their references.
  7. Lastly, we have an online course.  It's free. All you need to do is register to access the course.


Fact Sheets: Highlight a single behavioral principle or application. Each two-page fact sheet is available for download in PDF format.

Saving Money and Improving Landscapes: The Economics of Using Animal Behavior: Discusses the economics of teaching cows to eat weeds, letting animals balance their diet, using low-stress handling, and using molasses blocks to extend the grazing season

Foraging Behavior: Managing to Survive in a World of Change:This 62-page booklet is filled with information and case studies that explain how herbivores learn what to eat and where to live.

Foraging Behavior: Managing to Survive in a World of Change (DVD): In this six-part series, Fred Provenza and land managers discuss how herbivores cope with changes in their environment and the implications for those managing landscapes.

Using Livestock on Your Operation: Outlines principles of behavior and their application. The CD also contains video clips of livestock demonstrating behavioral principles.

BEHAVE: Instructor Resources: This CD contains everything you'll need to prepare several lectures on how livestock learn what to eat and where to live.

Behavior Facts: This is a list of facts and references on how experience, feedback, social interactions, and learning affect diet and habitat selection of ruminants.

 Using Livestock Behavior to Improve Landscapes, Productivity and Profitability: This online course was developed for producers and land mangers for the website Forest and Range.org. Clicking on this link takes you to the forestandrange.org website.