Integrated agronomic and economic analysis of fodder options for Tibetan farming systems

Heath, Tim, Tao, Jin, Brown, Colin, Waldron, Scott, Wilkins, John, Piltz, John, Cummins, Jay, Rose, Carol, Coventry, David and McNeill, Ann (2012). Integrated agronomic and economic analysis of fodder options for Tibetan farming systems. In: I. Yunusa, Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles in Australian Agronomy: Proceedings of 16th Agronomy Conference 2012. AAC2012: 16th Australian Agronomy Conference, Armidale, NSW, Australia, (1-6). 14-18 October, 2012.

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Author Heath, Tim
Tao, Jin
Brown, Colin
Waldron, Scott
Wilkins, John
Piltz, John
Cummins, Jay
Rose, Carol
Coventry, David
McNeill, Ann
Title of paper Integrated agronomic and economic analysis of fodder options for Tibetan farming systems
Conference name AAC2012: 16th Australian Agronomy Conference
Conference location Armidale, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 14-18 October, 2012
Proceedings title Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles in Australian Agronomy: Proceedings of 16th Agronomy Conference 2012
Place of Publication Gosford, NSW, Australia
Publisher The Regional Institute
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Editor I. Yunusa
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Farming systems in Tibet that are based on spring barley and winter wheat have traditionally provided all the household and livestock requirements for grain. Increasing recognition over the last decade of the importance of forage in the system with strong support from government policy has encouraged Tibetan farmers to include forages in their farming systems, the aim being to improve livestock productivity whilst maintaining current cereal production for staple grain consumption. Recent research and on-farm demonstration trials in Tibet have evaluated agronomic forage options to fit into the current systems including double cropping and winter forage. Current best-bet options identified include: spring sown oats yielding 4.5t/ha dry matter; winter triticale yielding 5t/ha fodder followed by spring barley; and winter barley followed by vetch yielding 4.5t/ha. This paper describes an approach to integrate these agronomic outputs with other relevant information on human and animal requirements in a typical Tibetan household system in order to assess the overall effect of introducing new fodder options. Using a household model (CAEG Tibet), the effects on incomes are evaluated along with labour requirements, feed availability and other aspects important to the livelihoods of these impoverished Tibetan farm households. Results indicate that double cropping options offer potential net returns up to 2.3 times that of traditional single crop systems. However the path to adoption of these agronomic options is not straightforward as decision making by these households is driven by a complex interaction of socio-economic and cultural factors.
Keyword Fodder
Household farming systems
Modelling
Agronomy
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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