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Animal: Cow, Bos primigenius
Location: QLD
Time of year: any
Terrain conditions: Pasture land
Notes: Dung (scat) I will use cattle for age studies both scats and Tracks as time permits
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That looks a lot firmer than what I am used to seeing, which are more like cow splats... Like this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow_dung

What governs the texture of the poo? Is it seasonal, diet, or water related? Do they differ from different breeds?

I am interested in the age analysis as many areas have wild cattle in the blue mountains and it is not uncommon to find they odd pat. Would be good to know how old...
 

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Dung beetles are a lot more active in summer too,
breaking up the scat pretty quickly.
 

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Cattle Scats do very in shape, size and the way they are deposited.
the large deposit like the one we all know the pat is a semi liquid and when dried one flat cake, this is when plenty of moisture and high protien is found in food, and deposited when cow is still and feeding.
the type in pic above is from drier feed source making firmer and layered, standing still as above.
then you can see both types in trail of small deposits if animal is moving
 
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