The grazing capacity of sweetveld: 2. A model to estimate grazing capacity in the false thornveld of the Eastern Cape

  • Danckwerts JE


The relations between grazing capacity and three independent variables were investigated in the False Thornveld of the Eastern Cape. The variables were veld condition, rainfall and density of woody species. These relations were used to develop a preliminary model to assess grazing capacity in the veld type. Despite its preliminary nature, grazing capacities calculated using the model compare favourably with those estimated by experienced pasture scientists, and with the stocking rate actually applied on veld that is considered to the excellently managed.

Keywords: grazing capacities|sweetveld|models|Eastern Cape Province|thornveld|veld condition|rainfall|woody vegetation|veld types|pastures|stocking rates|veld|relationships|grazing systems


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eISSN: 1727-9380
print ISSN: 1022-0119