Tactical grazing: an evaluation in eastern semi-arid woodlands

Tactical grazing: an evaluation in eastern semi-arid woodlands Conference Paper

16th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference

  • Author(s): Hodgkinson, K. C., Müller, W. J., Hacker, R. B., Johnston, P. W.
  • Published: 2010
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: Transition from an open wooded grassland state to a shrubby woodland state, and the reverse, is driven by the agents of prolonged rainfall events, drought, fire and grazing. We altered the grazing regimes over a 10-year period at 10 widely spaced sites in the north west of the Murray Darling Basin, to examine whether a transition can be achieved by resting from grazing alone. The three grazing regimes were: tactical grazing, continuous grazing and no grazing. Statistically significant year x treatment interactions for grass density were found at only three sites and for shrub density, at six sites. Provisional conclusions from the data are that tactical grazing has a role in the transition to grass dominance in semi-arid woodlands but the change is equivocal.

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Hodgkinson, K. C., Müller, W. J., Hacker, R. B., Johnston, P. W., 2010, Tactical grazing: an evaluation in eastern semi-arid woodlands, Conference Paper, viewed 19 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3596.

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