Previous chapters have outlined tactics and strategies that can be employed to maintain and/or improve net household incomes from livestock, and then provide opportunities to improve grassland management by reducing stocking rates. Those tactics and strategies can be grouped into key areas, with components that can be implemented within current farm structures, while other aspects are more medium term. Central to many of the changes that can be implemented is the need to identify which animals to keep or cull. The StageONE model was developed to identify the best to worst animals and a strategy for culling. The extra cash generated from culling the least productive animals can then be used to finance farm improvements. An initial study was done on 12 demonstration farms to first cull extra animals and then provide better feeding and housing for the remainder. In general, the farms involved showed benefits, but not as great as expected. The experience gained in implementing change on farms is discussed.
|Title of host publication||Development of sustainable livestock systems on grasslands in north-western China|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of a workshop held at the combined International Grassland Congress and International Rangeland Conference, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, 28 June 2008|
|Editors||D.R. Kemp, D.L. Michalk|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, ACT|
|Publisher||Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||XXI International Grassland Congress and VIII International Rangeland Congress - Hohhot, China, Hohhot, China|
Duration: 28 Jun 2008 → 28 Jun 2008
|Conference||XXI International Grassland Congress and VIII International Rangeland Congress|
|Period||28/06/08 → 28/06/08|
Kemp, D., Han, G., Junk, G., Langford, C., Michalk, D., Millar, G., Takahashi, T., Xu, Z., & Zhao, M. (2011). Demonstration farms to improve grasslands and household incomes in western China: what can be done and what are we learning? In D. R. Kemp, & D. L. Michalk (Eds.), Development of sustainable livestock systems on grasslands in north-western China: Proceedings of a workshop held at the combined International Grassland Congress and International Rangeland Conference, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, 28 June 2008 (pp. 152-161). Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).