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Grasslands of South Africa

Palmer, A. R. and Ainslie, A. (2006) Grasslands of South Africa. In: Suttie, J. M., Reynolds, S. G. and Batello, C. (eds.) Grasslands of the World. Plant production and protection series (34). Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, pp. 77-120. ISBN 9251053375 (Chapter 3)

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Abstract/Summary

This book brings together information on the contrasting characteristics, condition, present use and problems of the world's main natural grasslands. Since grassland is commercialized through the grazing animal, particular attention is paid to the livestock production systems associated with each main type. Grazing resources are more than simply edible herbage: many other factors have to be taken into account, notably water in all areas, and shelter in winter-cold climates. Seasonality of forage supply is a characteristic of almost all grazing lands, so the strategies for dealing with lean seasons are described. The main problems of each type are mentioned and possible strategies for their sustainable management discussed - taking into account their multiple functions, not only livestock production.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Economic and Social Sciences Division > Livelihoods Research
ID Code:82832
Uncontrolled Keywords:Grasslands, South Africa
Additional Information:Anthony Palmer and Andrew Ainslie worked as Specialist Scientist and Researcher respectively with the Agricultural Research Council’s Livestock Group.
Publisher:Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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