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Vegetation changes and animal productivity under sheep and goat grazing on an arid belah (Casuarina cristata)-rosewood (Heterodendrum oleifolium) woodland in western New South Wales

Vegetation changes and animal productivity under sheep and goat grazing on an arid belah (Casuarina cristata)-rosewood (Heterodendrum oleifolium) woodland in western New South Wales

Australian Rangeland Journal 2(2): 183-188

Feral goat does and Merino ewes were grazed separately or in mixed groups in arid C. cristata/H. oleifolium woodland. Goats browsed accessible tree foliage, but were still competitive with sheep for the herbaceous layer (principally Stipa variabilis and Sclerolaena spp.). Mixed grazing did not increase animal production over separate grazing. In drought, sheep grazing with goats lost wt. compared to the goats, or to sheep grazing alone.

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DOI: 10.1071/rj9800183

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