Historical changes in stocking rates of domestic livestock as a measure of semi-arid and arid rangeland degradation in the Cape Province, South Africa

Dean, W. R. J., I. A. W. Macdonald
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Historical changes in stocking rates of domestic livestock on fenced ranches was used to determine if rangeland degradation has taken place in semi-arid and arid rangelands of Cape Province, South Africa (27� S; 23� E) South Africa. The numbers of all domestic livestock animals from agriculture censuses from 1840 through 1981 were converted to large stock units (LSU) (1 LSU = one bovid weighing 420 kg). Mean annual rainfall and stock-water points within each district were investigated and analyzed in relation to percent change of stocking rates and livestock units per 100 ha.
Montana State University

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