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The Rangeland Journal

The Rangeland Journal

The Rangeland Journal publishes original work on the biophysical, social, cultural, economic, and policy influences affecting rangeland use and management. Read more about the journalMore

Editor-in-Chief: Paul Novelly

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The Rangeland Journal

Volume 38 Number 4 2016


Goats have depended solely on forages within the Chihuahuan Desert for centuries and they constitute a ready source of cash income and food for peasants. Goats in this region are vigorous foragers capable of selecting nutrients in amounts to meet their needs for growth, milk yield and gestation. They are well adapted to overcome scarcity of food on the Chihuahuan Desert rangelands and so their production constitutes a sustainable system favouring wildlife habitat, shrub control and beef cattle production.


Yak farming is a reliable source of livelihoods for the mountains’ pastoralists in Bhutan. Rapid economic changes coupled with the government policy thrust for the equitable and balanced socioeconomic development across the country have undermined the sustainability of the age-old traditions of yak farming. The government should put in place enabling and appropriate policy supports for yak research and development that will encourage younger pastoralists to take up and continue with the age-old tradition of yak farming.


Shrubs are important habitat for arthropods, such as insects, but we know surprisingly little about how factors like shrub density and species affect the fauna. We investigated the effects of two common shrubs on arthropods, and found that different shrubs support different animal communities. These results suggest biodiversity in shrublands may be quite high, and very region-specific.

RJ16022Influence of selected environmental factors on seed germination and seedling survival of the arid zone invasive species tobacco bush (Nicotiana glauca R. Graham)

Singarayer K. Florentine, Sandra Weller, Patrick F. Graz, Martin Westbrooke, Arunthathy Florentine, Mansoor Javaid, Nimesha Fernando, Bhagirath S. Chauhan and Kim Dowling
pp. 417-425

This paper examines effects of stress factors on seeds and seedlings of an invasive species, Nicotiana glauca. Results show the species is able to germinate over a broad range of temperatures. Germination is reduced by water stress and is greatest when seeds are on the soil surface. Seedling emergence decreased as planting depth increased. Studies such as this are important in the development of control strategies for invasive species.

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Published online 04 August 2016

RJ16013Pasture production and composition response after killing Eucalypt trees with herbicides in central Queensland

Trevor J. Hall, Paul Jones, Richard G. Silcock and Piet G. Filet
 

Woodlands are thickening across northern Australia reducing pasture and cattle production. We measured pasture responses after killing trees with herbicide in silver-leaved ironbark and poplar box eucalypt woodlands of central Queensland, in replicated grazing or burning experiments. The major effect of killing the trees was on increasing pasture yield, and increasing the composition of desirable perennial grass species and pasture crown cover, but the rate of pasture response varied markedly between woodland communities.


Lygeum spartum L. (Poaceae) is a perennial grass widespread throughout the West Mediterranean region. In Algeria, it is well known for its use as a natural pasture for domestic livestock under harsh environmental conditions. The objective of this review is to improve the knowledge of this important steppic plant. The state of knowledge of the taxonomy and ecology of L. spartum, as well as its uses in soil rehabilitation and basket manufacture, are discussed from the perspective of its potential applications.

Published online 22 September 2016

RJ15127Effects of shed modifications on ewe reproductive performance and lamb growth rate in Inner Mongolia

X. Q. Zhang, D. Kemp, X. Y. Hou, C. M. Langford, K. Wang and W. H. Yan
 

Grazing in winter in Inner Mongolia causes considerable damage to grasslands, as well as weight loss for ewes and lambs. However, winter housing in warm sheds can reduce this problem by reducing cold stress. The present 3-year study showed that keeping ewes and lambs in a modified ‘warm’ shed with no grazing during the winter–spring period increased the reproductive performance and liveweight of ewes, as well as the liveweight of lambs.

Published online 09 August 2016

RJ16009Effects of land-use change and management on soil carbon and nitrogen in the Brigalow Belt, Australia: I. Overview and inventory

D. E. Allen, M. J. Pringle, D. W. Butler, B. K. Henry, T. F. A. Bishop, S. G. Bray, T. G. Orton and R. C. Dalal
 

Soil and its interaction with land use in the Brigalow ecological community of Queensland, Australia, remains a major source of uncertainty for managing native-forest regrowth. Large-scale sampling of soil total organic carbon and total nitrogen revealed a general trend: Remnant > Regrowing native forest ~ pasture derived by forest clearing. However, the large variation observed suggests other specific factors are at play, which may be related to site-specific landscape conditions and management history.

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