THE FERAL GOAT - ITS IMPACT AND PRODUCTION POTENTIAL IN MULGA SHRUBLANDS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Author
Fletcher, W.
Publisher
Australian Rangeland Society
Publication Year
1990
Body

The feral goat has demonstrated its suitability to W.A.'s mulga shrublands. The potential to manage goats on poor quality mulga pastures was investigated to assess animal productivity as indicated by reproductive performance, and impact by changes in desirable plant populations and an estimate of the change in desirable plant biomass. Comparisons were made with sheep grazing these pastures. Goats have no greater impact on this vegetation type than did sheep. The reproductive performance of the goats, at 136% per kidding, was comparable to reported performance elsewhere, and far superior to sheep on this pasture type. The goats did demonstrate the potential for pasture degeneration at high stocking levels.

Language
English
Resource Type
Text
Document Type
Conference Paper
Conference Name
6TH Australian Rangeland Society Conference
Keywords
Australia