Grazing behaviour of Dorper sheep and farmed goats and their implications for natural resource management in western NSW

Grazing behaviour of Dorper sheep and farmed goats and their implications for natural resource management in western NSW Conference Proceedings

XXII International Grassland Congress: Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain our Communities

  • Author(s): Alemseged, Y, Hacker, RB, Toole, ID, Smith, WJ, Waters, CM, Melville, GJ
  • Secondary Author(s): Michalk, D, Millar, GD, Badgery, WB, Broadfoot, KM
  • Published: 2013
  • Publisher: New South Wales Department of Primary Industry

Abstract: The introduction of exotic herbivores into the semi-arid and arid zones of Australia resulted in dramatic change in the native vegetation (e.g. Noble and Tongway 1986; Friedel et al. 1990). Overgrazing and trampling reduced ground cover and changed species composition from dominance by perennial grasses and shrubs to dominance by annual species over extensive areas (e.g. Gunn 1986), or assisted the encroachment of woody species (Wilcox and Cunningham 1994). It is particularly in this context that the recent introduction of new sheep breeds, reputedly hardier than traditional Merinos, and the increasing trend to farming or re-domestication of feral goats, poses serious quest-ions for the ecological sustainability of the region. This ongoing project aims to combine information from laboratory experiments, field studies and producer experience to develop practical management strategies that are supportive of regional and national ground cover targets aimed at reducing wind erosion and maintaining biodiversity values. We report the preliminary results and recommend management strategies.

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Alemseged, Y, Hacker, RB, Toole, ID, Smith, WJ, Waters, CM, Melville, GJ , 2013, Grazing behaviour of Dorper sheep and farmed goats and their implications for natural resource management in western NSW, Conference Proceedings, viewed 30 November 2021, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=18177.

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