Pastures for animal production in the tropics: Importance, management, criteria and methodological progress

Boval, M., Laca, E. A., Carvalho, P. C. and Dixon, R. (2010). Pastures for animal production in the tropics: Importance, management, criteria and methodological progress. In: International Symposium on Sustainable Animal Production in the Tropics: Farming in a Changing World, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, (429-430). 15-18 November 2010.. doi:10.1017/S2040470010000555


Author Boval, M.
Laca, E. A.
Carvalho, P. C.
Dixon, R.
Title of paper Pastures for animal production in the tropics: Importance, management, criteria and methodological progress
Conference name International Symposium on Sustainable Animal Production in the Tropics: Farming in a Changing World
Conference location Guadeloupe, French Caribbean
Conference dates 15-18 November 2010.
Journal name Advances in Animal Biosciences   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Cambridge, U.K.
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Published abstract
DOI 10.1017/S2040470010000555
ISSN 2040-4700
2040-4719
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 429
End page 430
Total pages 2
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Most ruminant livestock production in the tropics is based on pastures. Tropical pastures need to be better managed to meet increasing demands for livestock products while improving environmental and social impacts such as for biodiversity and carbon sequestration. This is challenging, especially given the diversity of agroecological contexts, plant species and animal production constraints. It has long been recognized that knowledge developed in temperate pastures may not be applicable in the tropics. The integrated information needed to understand and manage tropical pastoral ecosystems is generally lacking. Management of pastures for defined production, environmental and social targets requires inventories and assessments of pastures and grazing animals and knowledge of the important herbage-animal relationships. Criteria are needed to (i) evaluate the pastoral system, and (ii) decide suitable rules for management, and which are suitable for continual re-examination and adaptation. This paper will focus on some of the principal concepts which have been developed for management of tropical pastures, on the various criteria considered necessary to improve management, and on the need to better define and especially to measure them in pasture systems.
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