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RANGELANDS SELF HERDING

 

We are working alongside Rangelands NRM to develop strategies and guidelines for grazing management to align with the goals of other projects and producer group activities.

 

It includes quantifying the balance between feed supply and demand, taking into account our variable seasons, livestock (cattle and/or sheep) numbers, grazing distribution, and the wild herbivores, in a Total Grazing Pressure context.

 

We recently completed the coordination of a Commonwealth of Australia Innovation Grant project, which was delivered through Rangelands NRM.  The project used principles of animal behaviour and nutrition to influence grazing distribution of pastoral cattle and sheep in the WA rangelands.

 

These cost-effective strategies to control grazing pressure will provide new options to manage vegetation cover and profitably cope with variability in feed quality over time and space. This project used insights from disciplines as broad as neuroscience, behavioural science, nutrition and welfare, and worked with livestock managers to develop feasible management tactics to influence diet and habitat selection of pastoral livestock.

 

With this approach, we can help manage the economic feasibility of pastoral enterprises whilst also managing the natural resources such as vegetation cover for environmental outcomes and for risk management in variable environments.

 

Combining animal behaviour, nutrition, ecology and management has broad outcomes, which is encapsulated by the term Rangelands Self Herding and Self Shepherding.

The Rangelands Self Herding (RSH) project is also described on the Rangelands NRM website and outlined in their April 2014 newsletter

See the website of Dean Revell and Bruce Maynard Self Herding & Self Shepherding

A short video outlining the 7 Principles of Rangelands Self Herding can be found here

A 15-minute conference presentation by Dean Revell on Rangelands Self Herding can be viewed here