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Opportunities for precision livestock management in the face of climate change: A focus on extensive systems

Climate change and carbon neutrality have become key topics in extensive livestock industries in recent years as mankind attempts to meet its commitments to restricting global warming (United Nations, 2015). Initial impressions are that extensive livestock systems involving low cattle stocking rates over large rangeland areas are inefficient and produce more greenhouse gases (GHG) per harvested animal compared with intensive systems. Extensive livestock enterprises are often located in dry geographical areas with increasingly inconsistent rainfall, making them vulnerable to the impacts of climate change (Huang et al., 2017). Changing and more variable climates require producers to adapt their management practices to remain sustainable and increase enterprise resilience (Rust, 2019). In these environments, understanding the relationship between nutrient availability and animal performance is vital.

History

Volume

11

Issue

5

Start Page

63

End Page

68

Number of Pages

6

eISSN

2160-6064

ISSN

2160-6056

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Additional Rights

CC BY 4.0

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Charles Sturt University

Author Research Institute

Institute for Future Farming Systems

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Animal Frontiers