Grazing intensity of cattle on a complex of rangeland communities in Central Australia.
WA Low, WJ Muller and ML Dudzinski
The Australian Rangeland Journal
2(1) 76 - 82
Distribution of cattle grazing the rangeland communities of Kunoth Paddock in central Australia was determined from aerial surveys at fortnightly intervals over a 4.5 year period. Mean density throughout the study was 3.5 cattle/km2 and varied between communities from 8.0 cattle/km2 to 0.4 cattle/km2 on the major communities and from 25.6 cattle/km2 to 3.2 cattle/km2 on the minor communities. Cow-days of use were calculated for seasonal intervals to show grazing intensity on the communities over ti~ne. Grazing concentrations throughout the study revealed three groups of utilization levels of the major communities. Foothill fans, Woodlands, Floodplains and Gilgaied plains received about twice the mean grazing intensity for the paddock. Mulga-annual grass received about average grazing intensity and Hills and Mulga-perennial grass received less than half the average grazing intensity. Our sti~dy shows that cattle graze range communities differentially in a free-ranging situation. This information is useful in interpreting results of range condition and trend studies, and also suggests that more uniform utilization of all the communities might be obtained by controlhng grazing distribution.
Full text doi:10.1071/RJ9800076
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