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Mapping livestock grazing in large Mallee paddocks

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posted on 08.03.2018, 00:00 by M Moodie, Z Economou, Mark TrotterMark Trotter, A Frischke, J Murray
The integration of cropping and grazing remains a major management challenge, as paddock sizes tend to be large to benefit efficient cropping practices. Furthermore, Mallee paddocks are also characterised by extreme soil variability and these variable soil types support different levels of feed availability and have different susceptibilities to soil erosion. Technology such as portable fencing systems and virtual fencing potentially offer a solution to the issue of grazing large Mallee paddocks with high soil variability. However, to effectively design and deploy these innovative grazing techniques, the grazing behaviour of livestock in these paddocks needs to be understood and quantified. This project has begun to address this knowledge gap by quantifying livestock (sheep) grazing habits in a large Mallee paddock with variable soil types.

Funding

Other

History

Issue

10

Start Page

7

End Page

8

Number of Pages

2

ISSN

1839-2229

Publisher

Mallee Catchment Management Authority

Place of Publication

Victoria

Additional Rights

Available from the Mallee Catchment Management Authority website.

Peer Reviewed

No

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

Mallee Sustainable Farming, VIC,; Birchip Cropping Group

Author Research Institute

Institute for Future Farming Systems

Era Eligible

No

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Article

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