Adaptation and change in Queensland’s rangelands : cell grazing as an emerging ideology of pastoral-ecology

Richards, Carol & Lawrence, Geoffrey (2009) Adaptation and change in Queensland’s rangelands : cell grazing as an emerging ideology of pastoral-ecology. Land Use Policy, 26(3), pp. 630-639.

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Abstract

Does the current global political economic framework, or more specifically, the cost-price squeeze associated with primary production, restrict the choices of Australian cattle graziers in moving to more sustainable practices? It has often been argued by primary producers and academics, alike, that current terms of trade have resulted in reduced profitability at the property level, and as such, have made it difficult for landholders to shift to practices which are environmentally sustainable. Whilst there is mounting evidence that this is case, there is also evidence that some graziers have been able to adapt to the prevailing market conditions through an ideological as well as ‘practice’ shift. Findings from qualitative research in Central Queensland, Australia has highlighted how ‘cell grazing’ departs from the traditional or conventional aspects of grazing which can be described as productivist, to an approach closely approximating Lang and Heasman’s (2004) ‘ecologically integrated paradigm’. It is argued that cell grazing is, at present, a marginal activity that requires an ideological and cultural shift, as well as an investment in new infrastructure, however, current cell grazing activities may also demonstrate that beef grazing has the potential to be both economically and environmentally sustainable.

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ID Code: 68182
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Cell grazing, Broadscale grazing, Beef production, Sustainability, Australia
DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2008.08.016
ISSN: 1873-5754
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > ANIMAL PRODUCTION (070200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Land Use Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Land Use Policy, [VOL 26, ISSUE 3, (2009)] DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2008.08.016
Deposited On: 13 Mar 2014 23:24
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 11:37

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