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A comparison of some methods used to estimate the grazing capacity of a game ranch in Northern Province, South Africa

A.G. Schmidt, G.K. Theron, W. van Hoven
Koedoe | Vol 38, No 2 | a321 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v38i2.321 | © 1995 A.G. Schmidt, G.K. Theron, W. van Hoven | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 August 1995 | Published: 26 August 1995

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A.G. Schmidt, University of Pretoria, South Africa
G.K. Theron, University of Pretoria, South Africa
W. van Hoven, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The grazing capacity of a game ranch in Northern Province was estimated in a number of different ways using rainfall and herbaceous composition and phytomass data. The results indicate that the grazing capacity under the present environmental conditions should be approximately 50 of the recommended agricultural grazer stocking rate. This is in agreement with recent literature, indicating that the methods used should be suitable for determining a first approximation of grazing capacity in the mixed bushveld of Northern Province.

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Grazing capacity, stocking rate, game, bushveld.

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