ACRIS Total Grazing Pressure update: Trends in the abundance and distribution of feral goats in the rangelands

ACRIS Total Grazing Pressure update: Trends in the abundance and distribution of feral goats in the rangelands Report

  • Author(s): Bastin, GN
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

Abstract: ACRIS reports change in livestock and kangaroo densities as components of total grazing pressure in the rangelands (see Chapter 3 of Rangelands 2008 – Taking the pulse and recent updates available from the ACRIS web site). Goats (Capra hircus) are an important contributor to total grazing pressure in the southern, predominantly sheep-grazed, rangelands. Since they are unconstrained by conventional fencing, prefer rugged or shrubby terrain and have a broader diet than other stock, feral goats thrive in many rangeland ecosystems and are difficult to effectively manage. Their mobility significantly limits the ability of landholders to manage grazing pressure and groundcover. To date, ACRIS has not had the capacity to quantitatively report change in density of this herbivore. Feral goats are counted as part of the annual aerial surveys of kangaroo numbers in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. ACRIS contracted Biosecurity Queensland to collate and analyse these data and report trends in the abundance and distribution of feral goats. This summary provides an introduction to the Biosecurity Queensland report (Distribution, abundance and harvesting of feral goats in the Australian rangelands 1984-2011 by Tony Pople and Jens Froese) which is available from the ACRIS web site.

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Bastin, GN, 2012, ACRIS Total Grazing Pressure update: Trends in the abundance and distribution of feral goats in the rangelands, Report, viewed 13 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=5000.

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