A proposed method for determining long term optimum utilization intensities of pastures and veld.

  • Bransby D.I.
  • Tainton N.M.


Application of utilization intensity as an experimental variable by the use of the pasture disc meter and the put- and take technique is recommended as an alternative to stocking rate experiments. Utilization intensity allows stocking rate to be used as a measure of pasture productivity and consequently the relationship between animal gain and stocking rate and the relationship between veld condition score and utilization intensity could be used to determine a long term optimum utilization intensity for veld in good condition and a range of acceptable utilization intensities which will allow veld in poor condition to recover.

Keywords: condition; disc meter; method; optimum utilization; pasture; pasture disc meter; productivity; range; stocking rate; technique; utilization; veld; veld condition; veld condition score


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