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Nutritional Self Shepherding

Nutritional Self Shepherding

  • Author: Paul Erkelenz
  • Date Posted: Nov 3, 2014
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  • Address: Dampier Peninsula, north of Broome

Project Details

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 on the Dampier Peninsula, N of Broome.

Project Description

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.

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