Africa / Animal Feeding / Livestock Systems / Pastoralism / Senegal / West Africa

Optimal long-term stocking rates for livestock grazing in a Sahelian rangeland

A recent paper in the African Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics presents a model for calculating the optimal livestock stocking rate in a semi-arid rangeland that accounts for stochastic rainfall, the ecological feedback effect and variable prices. The model is developed for rangelands dominated by annual rather than perennial grasses, such as the African … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Asia / Livestock / Livestock Systems / Pakistan / Pastoralism / South Asia

Pakistan: First-ever national rangeland policy on the cards

The long wait spanning more than 62 years for having the national rangeland policy is almost over. Alarmed by the rangelands and pastures’ degradation and adverse impacts of climate change on them coupled with growing loss of biodiversity, the Ministry of Environment has finally come up with a draft strategy to ensure sustainable development and … Continue reading

Animal Feeding / Australia / Livestock

Aussies researching super-grass pastures

Australian researchers plan to launch a genetically-engineered “super-grass” by 2013, claiming that cows grazing on it will produce up to 20 per cent more milk. The GE ryegrass – being developed in Australia for New Zealand seed company PGG Wrightson – has potential to make a huge difference to agriculture, according to the chief executive … Continue reading

Agriculture / Climate Change / Livestock / Livestock Systems

Report says grasslands can help combat climate change

A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says grasslands have vast untapped potential to limit climate change by absorbing and storing carbon dioxide. The report says proper land use can also help one billion people who depend on livestock. The United Nations report says if pastures and rangelands are properly managed, … Continue reading