Project delivery by: Rangelands NRM
Contact name: John Silver
Start date: March 2014
End date: March 2016
Site location: This is one of a number of sites for this project in the rangelands of WA. This site is located in the De Grey River delta, NE of Port Hedland
This project aims to test and promote new low-cost techniques for the management of grazing pressure in the rangelands. Current uneven grazing pressure leads to patch grazing – areas of overgrazing and low ground-cover mixed with under-grazing and high ground-cover within the same paddock. This project will apply nutritional shepherding to manage movement and grazing behavior within large paddocks. Nutritional shepherding provides nutritional rewards (eg licks, supplements) in a coordinated arrangement around the landscape. These rewards will be linked with sensory cues (eg remote audio signals and visual guides) to induce long-term behavioral change. The outcomes will be increased ground-cover and livestock productivity in the rangelands.