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Title: Comparing spatial landscape utilisation estimates for livestock from land managers and GPS collars
Contributor(s): Schneider, Derek (author); Trotter, Mark (author); Hergenhan, Rachelle (author); Lamb, David (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: Managers of extensive livestock systems often manage large numbers of livestock over vast land areas, much of which is not regularly or easily accessible. Managers in this situation need to make decisions about stocking rate and the length of grazing to balance productivity and pasture degradation similar to intensive systems. For extensive systems, these decisions are often based upon the estimated area that stock will actually occupy and graze rather than the total paddock size. Managers base their estimates on stock sighting and proximity to water points coupled with climatic conditions and pasture availability. This pilot study compared the spatial landscape utilisation (SLU) predictions of a land manager ('predicted SLU) with the 'actual SLU' as recorded by GPS tracking collars. Here the 'actual SLU' was defined as the area of a paddock over which cattle positions were recorded.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Spatially Enabled Livestock Management Symposium, held in conjunction with the Australian Society for Engineering in Agriculture (SEAg) Conference: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions, Surfers Paradise, Australia, 29th September, 2011
Source of Publication: Book of Abstracts of the Biennial Conference of the Australian Society for Engineering in Agriculture (SEAg), p. 96-96
Publisher: Australian Society for Engineering in Agriculture
Place of Publication: Barton, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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