Effects of Grazing Systems on Diet and Production of Sheep Grazing WA Rangelands

Effects of Grazing Systems on Diet and Production of Sheep Grazing WA Rangelands Encyclopedia

  • Author(s): Daly, FFM
  • Published: 2007
  • Publisher: DKCRC

Abstract: Grazing management in the Western Australian rangelands is very challenging due to highly variable climate, land systems and vegetation combined with expansive paddocks. There is a debate about which of the two grazing management strategies -Continuous: livestock graze one paddock throughout the year -Rotational: livestock rotate through paddocks monthly is better in terms of animal production, conservation and profit. Comparisons have been studied previously, however this project will be one of few that has occurred in a commercial environment. The management systems are compared by analysing sheep live weights, body condition scores, wool profiles and diet. These parameters will reflect the nutritional value of feed available, which will be influenced bythe management systems. Additionally in this project, nutritional value of apparently palatable rangeland plants will be collected. This will be invaluable information for pastoralists and rangeland scientists.

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Daly, FFM, 2007, Effects of Grazing Systems on Diet and Production of Sheep Grazing WA Rangelands, Encyclopedia, viewed 02 July 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=6499.

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