A Comparison of Three Stocking Rates on the Productivity and Botanical Composition of Natural Pastures of Hardpan Soils

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Walker, B.
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Two experiments, in which animal production from three stocking rate treatments of 11, three and six acres were compared, have been described. These experiments started on 6th February 1963 and were completed on 12th December 1966. It was shown that at light stocking rates there was a greater weight gain per steer, than from the heavy stocking rate treatments. This difference is attributed to there being more pasture available of better quality on the lower stocking rate treatments. However, for about eight months of the year, the highest weight gain per acre was from the 1 t-acre treatment and only from the mid, dry season to about eight weeks into the wet season is the weight gain per acre less than on the lighter stocking rate treatments. Botanical surveys showed that the high stocking pressures used in these experiments did not adversely affect the botanical composition. It is concluded that on the natural pastures of hardpan soils, high stocking rates would be the most economic way of rearing cattle for beef production.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXXIV (No. 2), p. 245-255