Although Australia's traditional animal industries are very important, contributing some 14.5 billion to the national economy, a number of species are proposed here as complementary to existing livestock. By using these species graziers can increase diversity, shield their enterprises from fluctuations in markets and provide benefits to the environment. In many cases greater use of native species such as kangaroos would allow graziers to carry fewer livestock exotic to Australia. However they should also consider making greater use of species such as camels, buffalo, rabbits and goats, and review the options of importing others such as alpacas and llama; to appropriate environments. There is a huge international market for venison and unusual wild animal products. Adoption of game and alternative species would enable the development of uniquely Australian products that lend themselves to clever marketing. The meat is lean, contains little cholesterol and has different tastes. The leather is of the highest quality.
Rangeland Ecology & Management
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