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Organic Livestock Production Sustainable increase of meat production on natural grasslands in Namibia - research methodology and preliminary results -

Rahmann, Gerold; Hülsebusch, Christian; Isele, Judith and Idel, Anita (2015) Organic Livestock Production Sustainable increase of meat production on natural grasslands in Namibia - research methodology and preliminary results -. In: Achieving Social and Economic Development Through Ecological and Organic Agricultural Alternatives, Proceedings of the Scientific Track, 3rd African Organic Conference, 5 - 9 October 2015, Lagos, Nigeria, pp. 145-154.

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Summary

Improvement in grazing systems are necessary to increase the productivity and sustainability of grassland utilisation in semi-arid Africa. Changes in stock density and stocking rate as described in the concept of “Holistic Management” can be an option of improvement. This management concept has not been tested scientifically yet, despite farmers report good success. “Holistic Management” is carried out on the farm is Springbockvley in Namibia since 1993. Since 2014, the grazing system has been changed to prove the concept. Approximately 800 head of cattle and 3,000 head of sheep are used in different herd densities have been introduced on a 9,500 ha farm. The vegetation and the stock productivity are assessed for the first experimental year. The designed methodology seems to be applicable for a scientific assessment of some “Holistic Management” tools.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
EnglishUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: Farming Systems
Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Beef cattle
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Sheep and goats
Values, standards and certification
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Germany > Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - VTI
Germany > Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries - VTI > Institute of Organic Farming - OEL
International Conferences > 2015: 3rd African Organic Conference
Germany > University of Kassel
ISBN:978-979-4563-7-3
Deposited By: Rahmann, Prof. Dr. Gerold
ID Code:28489
Deposited On:14 Nov 2016 10:54
Last Modified:14 Nov 2016 10:54
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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