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Title: Towards a landscape systems-based forage assessment tool for the Kimberly region of Western Australia
Contributor(s): Lamb, David (author); Donald, Graham (author); Stovold, Richard G (author); Trotter, Mark (author)
Publication Date: 2011
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/9952
Abstract: The Kimberly region of Western Australia is predominantly used for cattle production and the pastures are subjected to arid and high-rainfall conditions delineated by 'dry' and 'wet' seasons. Typical of this region, Liveringa Station, of 280,000 Ha is characterised by a number of land systems which, owing to variations in soil type and pasture composition sustain varying levels of stocking rates, ranging from 1.4 - 10.5 head/square km. A key challenge faced by livestock managers is to assess forage available at the end of the wet season in order to retain optimal stock numbers (generally cows with calves at foot) through the ensuing dry season. However during the wet season, limited accessibility precludes a detailed ground assessment of the forage resource. The aim of this project is to design and develop a satellite image-based pasture resource assessment tool, based on Pastures from Space®, that works within individual land systems. The initial calibration activities will involve site selection, based on production-relevant land system units, forage biomass sampling, ground cover and remnant vegetation assessment and field radiometry. Livestock tracking collars will also be deployed into key paddocks allowing a preliminary assessment of livestock-landscape interactions in each of the key land systems. This paper will outline the scope and experimental design of this project.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Society for Engineering in Agriculture (SEAg) Conference: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions, Surfers Paradise, Australia, 28th - 30th September, 2011
Conference Details: Society for Engineering in Agriculture (SEAg) Conference: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions, Surfers Paradise, Australia, 28th - 30th September, 2011
Source of Publication: Book of Abstracts of the Biennial Conference of the Australian Society for Engineering in Agriculture (SEAg), p. 94-94
Publisher: Australian Society for Engineering in Agriculture
Place of Publication: Barton, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 070101 Agricultural Land Management
050205 Environmental Management
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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