Pasture Degradation and Recovery in Australia's Rangelands : Learning from History

McKeon, G.M., Hall, W.B., Henry, B.K., Stone, G.S., & Watson, I.W. (Eds.) (2004) Pasture Degradation and Recovery in Australia's Rangelands : Learning from History. NRSc Publishing, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

"The extended drought periods in each degradation episode have provided a test of the capacity of grazing systems (i.e. land, plants, animals, humans and social structure) to handle stress. Evidence that degradation was already occurring was identified prior to the extended drought sequences. The sequence of dry years, ranging from two to eight years, exposed and/or amplified the degradation processes. The unequivocal evidence was provided by:

(a) the physical 'horror' of bare landscapes, erosion scalds and gullies and dust storms;

(b) the biological devastation of woody weeds and animal suffering/deaths or forced sales, and;

(c) the financial and emotional plight of graziers and their families due to reduced production in some cases leading to abandonment of properties or, sadly, deaths (e.g. McDonald 1991, Ker Conway 1989)."--Publisher website

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ID Code: 75158
Item Type: Book
Keywords: Rangelands, pasture degradation, Australia, Climate variability, pasture modeling, seasonal prediction
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > CROP AND PASTURE PRODUCTION (070300) > Crop and Pasture Production not elsewhere classified (070399)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2014 23:13
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2014 23:55

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