Analysis of historical records of a grazing property in south-western Queensland. 1. Aspects of the patterns of development and productivity.
The Australian Rangeland Journal
9(1) 21 - 29
This article examines historical records of a grazing property in south-westem Queensland to analyse various aspects of station improvements, pasture and sheep productivity. The drought at about the turn of the century was the catalyst that led to a permanent loss of pasture and canying capacity. Competition from rabbits and the full utilisation of grazing land by about 1914 exacerbated the situation. The station was able to cope with early localised degradation because new land was constantly becoming available due to improvements in fencing and stock watering facilities. Summer rainfall was of utmost importance in providing sufficient perennial grass for the maintenance of stock numbers. Annual sheep losses and average fleece weights were highly correlated with the amount of summer rainfall. A high lambing percentage was dependent on good seasonal conditions-over the 18 months.
Full text doi:10.1071/RJ9870021
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