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The changing role of shrubs in rangeland-based porduction systems: Can shrubs increase our forage supply?

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http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/58747
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Abstract:
Projected global increases in ruminant numbers and loss of native grasslands will present a number of challenges for livestock agriculture. Escalated demand for livestock products may stimulate interest in using shrubs on western rangelands. A paradigm shift is needed to change the role of shrubs in rangeland ecosystems. Progress has occurred in identifying mechanisms to increase shrub use, but more solutions are needed to convert woody plants into red meat. Strategies for increasing shrub use could be important for rural communities to adapt to changing climate and shrub cover and for the livestock industry to adapt to predicted growth.
Author(s):
Richard E. Estell , Kris M. Havstad , Andres F. Cibils , Dean M. Anderson , T. Scott Schrader
Subject(s):
byproducts , ecosystems , forage , grasslands , grazing , livestock , livestock and meat industry , range management , rangelands , shrubs , vegetation cover , woody plants
Note:
USDA Scientist Submission
Source:
Rangelands 2014 v.36 no.2
Language:
English
Year:
2014
Collection:
Journal Articles, USDA Authors, Peer-Reviewed
Rights:
Works produced by employees of the U.S. Government as part of their official duties are not copyrighted within the U.S. The content of this document is not copyrighted.