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The Rangeland Journal

The Rangeland Journal

The Rangeland Journal publishes original work on the biophysical, social, cultural, economic, and policy influences affecting rangeland use and management. Read more about the journalMore

Editor-in-Chief: Paul Novelly

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Current Issue

Volume 45 Number 3 2023

RJ23018Donkey production systems and breeding practices in selected districts of South Omo Zone, southern Ethiopia

Awoke Melak Wassie, Teklewold Belayhun Getachew, Abebe Hailu Kassa, Ashenafi Getachew Megersa and Tesfalem Ayele
pp. 97-108

Conducting research on the production system and breeding practices of donkeys is very important to improve production efficiency and product quality. It is useful to know the economically important traits, regardless of their breeding system. No research has been conducted in the Hamer and Dasenech district of the Southern Nation Nationality and Peoples (SNNP) region of Ethiopia to identify donkey breeding objectives, practices, and the production system. We have identified the selection and culling criteria. We have also identified the trait preferences of farmers and major constraints of donkey production.

RJ23015Herbage yield stability of cocksfoot (Dactylis glomerata L.) genotypes across rain-fed environments

Ali Vosough, Ali Ashraf Jafari 0000-0002-1211-3796, Ezzat Karami 0000-0001-5130-2541, Hooshmand Safari and Reza Talebi
pp. 109-122

In recent years, as a result of climate change, rangeland productivity has decreased in Iran. In order to select drought-tolerant genotypes, seeds of 36 genotypes of cocksfoot were cultivated and evaluated across four rain-fed environments of Iran over 2 years. The results proved the efficiency of graphical stability (regression, AMMI and GGE biplot) methods for selecting stable and high-yielding genotypes. Three local and a foreign genotype were selected for breeding improved varieties for cultivation in locations and similar areas.

RJ23007How and why do rangeland changes and their underlying drivers differ across Namibia’s two major land-tenure systems?

Katja Brinkmann 0000-0001-5438-268X, Diego Augusto Menestrey Schwieger 0000-0002-6874-9291, Lena Grieger, Sara Heshmati and Markus Rauchecker 0009-0009-6534-9055
pp. 123-139

In Namibia, the inter-relationships among rangeland change, shrub encroachment, and freehold and communal land-use practices were studied. Shrub encroachment was observed in both land tenure systems from 1965 to 2020. Freehold and communal farmers perceived the causes and effects of rangeland change differently and had different strategies to deal with the situation. On freehold land, shrub encroachment began to decline in 2011 owing to de-bushing activities, whereas communal farmers had limited options to address shrub encroachment.

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Published online 19 February 2024

RJ23045Toward land restoration transitions: elevating regional voices and the provenance of co-benefits in Queensland rangelands

Nikki P. Dumbrell 0000-0001-8876-8257, Catherine J. Robinson, Katie D. Ricketts, Danilo Urzedo, Lisa Walker and Anthelia J. Bond
 

As Australia’s rangelands host increasing investment in land restoration for carbon abatement, opportunities and tensions are emerging where carbon abatement projects do and do not align with regional objectives. We outline an approach to understand regional contexts to support the negotiation of land restoration investments that provide co-benefits that align with community aspirations and transition pathways. We show that regional conditions shape the extent to which communities can take on and access valuable co-benefits associated with land restoration for carbon abatement.

Recently, many carbon and ecosystem service markets have been initiated in grazing lands and rangelands worldwide. This study, based on in depth interviews with 34 stakeholders, has provided insights into the opportunities and constraints related to environmental service market policy. We recommend an approach that incorporates the concepts of multi-stakeholder participation and roundtables, which have been advocated as a more effective way to manage wicked policy problems that span financial, regulatory, agricultural, and other systems.

Published online 06 February 2024

RJ23047Adaptive multi-paddock grazing management reduces diet quality of yearling cattle in shortgrass steppe

Tamarah R. Jorns, J. Derek Scasta, Justin D. Derner 0000-0001-8076-0736, David J. Augustine, Lauren M. Porensky, Edward J. Raynor and
 

Adaptive, multi-paddock grazing may improve diet quality of livestock through managers moving livestock among paddocks, managing vegetation structure, and utilising differences among pastures to optimise diet quality. We compared diet quality of yearling steers by using this grazing system versus a non-rotational grazing system in semiarid, shortgrass steppe. We discovered that dietary crude protein was consistently 13–28% higher with non-rotational grazing. Differences were largest early in the grazing season and diet quality converged at the end of the grazing season. Managers applying adaptive multi-paddock grazing should be aware that lower diet quality can compromise livestock gains.

Published online 02 January 2024

RJ23030Applying two remotely-sensed methods for monitoring grazing impacts in the Australian arid zone

Gary Bastin, Robyn Cowley, Margaret Friedel 0000-0002-8350-636X and Chris Materne
 

The rainfall experienced in Australia’s arid rangelands can be so unpredictable that remote-sensing methods depending on regular growing seasons to detect grazing impacts are ineffective. We tested two methods that assess ground cover in the wettest and driest years respectively, across a 32-year period, for detecting trends in impacts. Despite limitations created by spatial variability and small paddocks, the methods provide an objective means of assessing trends in management impacts independent of arid Australia’s erratic climate.

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