Australian Rangelands

Includes full-text resources emanating from a complete set of Australian Rangelands Society Proceedings, journal articles from The Rangelands Journal (published by CSIRO Publishing for the Australian Rangelands Society), videos and other resources abou the extensive rangelands of Australia. 

Contact
Australian Rangeland Society
Address: 
Bob Shepherd
14 Gauvin Street
Charter Towers QLD 4820
Australia
Total Entries in Collection: 
1964

Records in Collection

Published: 2004
Kangaroos are culturally significant to Aboriginal people but Aboriginal people are generally not involved in kangaroo management or in the commercial kangaroo industry. Our research has provided the first opportunity for Aboriginal people in South...
Published: 2004
This paper explores rural business conditions, change and work opportunities in related areas in Australia's rangelands, and highlights the qualities, skills and knowledge that are sought by employers and are perceived to be critical to success...
Published: 2004
This paper elaborates on my position as rangeland manager for AACo, my experiences and challenges in this role, and highlights issues critical to achievement and success in rangeland management. In rangeland management the key to success is keeping...
Published: 2004
Businesses operating in our rangelands are subject to a wide range of pressures, both external (such as globalization, information technology, sustainability, power of consumers /retailers, etc) and internal (such as the small size of businesses,...
Published: 2004
Enterprises enter supply chains to improve profitability through product development that is responsive to consumer demands. Increasing market share and maintaining a competitive product depends on the ability of each unit in the chain to apply...
Published: 2004
A supply chain is more than an academic concept and a business model - it is a structure based on real companies and individuals co- operating with each other to bring real benefits to themselves and to each other. Supply chains are all about...
Published: 2004
The Queensland based Channel Country group of organic beef cattle producers was informally put together in 1996. The group was subsequently incorporated as OBE Beef Pty Ltd involving some 21 stations, 18 shareholders with a total certified area of...
Published: 2004
Indigenous people have a very important place in the management of Australia's rangelands and this is highlighted by the location of this conference in Alice Springs. Contributors to this session, including David Ross, Director of Central Land...
Published: 2004
The potential users of biodiversity monitoring tools and techniques have substantial constraints suchas time and money, and so they require structured guidance on how to proceed in developing monitoring programs. I review the meaning of "...
Published: 2004
There are well- established procedures and indicators for assessing and monitoring "land condition" in Australian rangelands. None of the current monitoring programs explicitly encompasses biodiversity, although it has been suggested that...
Published: 2004
The impact of perennial shrub loss on ant communities was investigated in semi -arid chenopod shrublands of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia, in the context of the potential use of ants as bioindicators in land management. Clear differences in...
Published: 2004
The National Land and Water Resources Audit was initiated in order to assess the state of Australia's living natural resources, to better inform decision -makers, and to underpin further investment programmes to address the degradation of the...
Published: 2004
We conducted a `proof of concept' study to assess the feasibility of using historical survey and environmental datasets for prioritising areas for monitoring biodiversity. Our specific interest was to test the conventional wisdom that existing...
Published: 2004
We are constantly told that as pastoralists we must improve production, make more money, join the rat race, the motto being greed and growth. Well there are a few inhibiting factors to this that are ignored and should be taught to all school...
Published: 2004
Multiple use can be established at any geographic scale and over any time frame. The larger the area and longer the time period the greater the likely number of users and the greater the complexity of establishing and managing multiple use. This...
Published: 2004
This paper discusses co-operative efforts between Andado pastoralists and the Parks & WildlifeService of the Northern Territory to fence and protect Acacia peuce (Waddy- wood), a relict species ofdesert tree classified as endangered (IUCN 2001...
Published: 2004
To address equity in relation to the cost of conservation on privately managed land the Brewarrina Regional Vegetation Committee has developed a conceptual market -based instrument, termed `Enterprise Based Conservation' (EBC), to address...
Published: 2004
Tourism is a growth industry across most of Australia's rangelands. In some regions income from tourism outweighs income from traditional primary industries. However, tourism is not a silver bullet. Economic benefits are often off -set by...
Published: 2004
Already, major reforms have been implemented to land tenures and land ownership in Australia'srangelands, markedly restructuring the property, use and access rights awarded to major interest groups. These reforms are an implicit recognition of...
Published: 2004
Fire is a feature of the Australian landscape, within the vast desert regions, the northern tropical savannas and the southern coastal forests and heathlands. Its occurrence and impact within the desert regions is as variable as the region itself....
Published: 2004
Asbestos grass (Pennisetum basedowii) is an annual or short-lived perennial which occurs across northern Australia on floodplains and in Mitchell grass (Astrebla spp) pastures. It is most abundant inthe Gulf country of north Queensland (it is also...
Published: 2004
As permanent sources of water within arid and seasonally dry landscapes, mound springs provide refuge habitat for flora and fauna, and historically have been a focus for Aboriginal culture and European exploration. In addition to their significant...
Published: 2004
Rabbits have been a major problem creating over grazing and increasing the impacts of drought in the rangelands. Rabbits have the ability to eat 10-150 g of food per day, which when a doe can produce over 10 rabbits in a breeding season, stock are...
Published: 2004
Calibrating a continental scale spatial model running at a daily time step is a challenging task. There are about 270,000 pixels for which a calculation is made. Parameters have to be estimated for about 186 pasture communities. Data for model...
Published: 2004
The European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is one of the most damaging environmental pests inAustralia. Over much of their range, rabbits live in large underground warrens. Large amounts of soil are excavated to form an elevated mound, and warren...
Published: 2004
Over 200,000 sq km or 60% of Rajasthan is arid, and forms 62% of the Indian arid zone. Annual rainfall spans 100-350 mm, is largely monsoonal and highly variable, and grazing is the major land use. Meat, wool and milk underpin the economy, while...
Published: 2004
In order to minimise resource damage and enhance long -term productivity, pastoralists need improved seasonal forecasting knowledge and tools to better manage for the high climate variability that characterises Australia's rangelands. Issues...
Published: 2004
To effectively manage weeds, information on the individual species' distribution and habitat is required. Both habitat and distribution can be described at a range of scales. In this study the objective was to describe and understand the...
Published: 2004
A joint rangeland survey team from the Department of Agriculture and the Department of LandInformation has the responsibility for determining carrying capacities for the pastoral areas of WesternAustralia. Potential carrying capacities for land...
Published: 2004
Computer simulation modelling provides a valuable means of understanding the functioning of Australia's rangelands and predicting the outcomes of various management strategies. Models are particularly useful when outcomes need to be determined...
Published: 2014
A comparatively new demographic phenomenon occurring in the central Australian arid rangelands is the establishment of micro - communities, of homelands or outstation Aboriginal people, scattered throughout what is now Aboriginal land (1). These...
Published: 2014
After 50 years of experience in the Arid Zone, I am not optimistic that it is possible for economic continuous grazing of the pastoral lands without very drastic management changes. In an article of mine, written and published in 1935, I said :...
Published: 2014
A method for obtaining quantitative diet information for sheep is described. It requires no elaborate equipment or procedures. Dietary intake is measured as the daily difference in available forage in a heavily- grazed enclosure; the forage is...
Published: 2014
Animal activity and the distribution of' faeces were studied on a small paddock grazed intensively by Merino sheep. Irrespective of whether sites were used for camping or grazing, the pattern of faeces weight differences across the paddock was...
Published: 2014
In a mulga (Acacia aneura) woodland pasture, the survival of mature grasses and their seedlings was more strongly influenced by seasonal conditions than by grazing, although heavily grazed pastures fared worst. After two years of very dry weather,...
Published: 2014
The population dynamics of Astrebla spp. at two levels of grazing and exclosure are expressed in the form of age structure and used to project the likely changes due to drought. It is concluded that increasing pasture utilization during drought will...
Published: 2014
The effect of sheep and rabbits grazing on the vegetation and its regeneration measured in the 275 mm annual rainfall zone on three overgrazed sites between 1968 and 1980. It was found that where the grazing pressure was reduced the natural...
Published: 2014
In two Mulga pasture types and in a Sandy Open Woodland, the effect of exclosure from grazing cattle during seven years,and distance from water were studied. Standing biomass levels fluctuated more in response to season and wildfire than to the...
Published: 2015
Overgrazing and climate warming may be important drivers of alpine rangeland degradation in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP). In this study, the effects of grazing and experimental warming on the vegetation of cultivated grasslands, alpine steppe...
Published: 2014
The aim of the study was to estimate the payback period of rangeland improvement investments made under the coordination of the Eastern Anatolia Agricultural Research Institute (EAARI) in the Eastern Anatolia region, Turkey. Farm data were collected...
Published: 2014
Understanding the relationship between the aboveground net primary production (ANPP) and annual precipitation in arid and semiarid grasslands is crucial for assessing the effects of climate change on grassland ecosystems. The temporal pattern of...
Published: 2014
Net primary productivity (NPP) of grasslands is a key variable for characterising carbon cycles in grassland ecosystems. The prediction of NPP in Inner Mongolia is important for adaptation to future climate change, food security and sustainable use...
Published: 2014
The objectives of this study were to explore the impact of climate change and human activities on the annual production of aboveground biomass of vegetation during the past 31 years at a county scale in the typical steppe region of Inner Mongolia....
Published: 2015
This paper evaluated changes in vegetation from 2000 to 2012, based on 1-km resolution 16-day composite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), and related them to changes in estimates of...
Published: 2014
Land activities contribute ~18% of total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Australia. To help reduce these emissions, the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) was implemented in 2011 to encourage land projects, which reduce the production of...
Published: 2015
The relationships among environmental factors, rodent activity disturbance and plant-community diversity were studied across four sites in a prefecture of the Three-River-Source' region of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. It was found that burrow...
Published: 2014
Continuous grazing systems (CGS) are still widely used for managing cattle herds in the south-western Alps. Recently, Pastoral Plans have been used as a policy tool to improve grazing management. Rotational grazing systems (RGS) with large paddocks...
Published: 2014
Most of Inner Mongolia is covered with natural grassland and is highly sensitive to global climate change because of the physical geography, the highly variable climate, and the complicated socioeconomic conditions. The climate is generally wetter...
Published: 2015
This study was conducted in the Hudong-Ketu area to the south-east of Qinghai Lake, China, one of the main habitats of Przewalski's gazelle (Procapra przewalskii). The objective was to understand herdsmen's perceptions and attitudes...
Published: 2014
Grassland ecosystems, as the basic natural resources in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, are becoming increasingly sensitive to human intervention, leading to deterioration in fragile ecosystems. The goal of this study was to describe the...