Grassland livestock systems

Kemp, David, Guodong, Han, Ping, Li, Zhongwu, Wang, Mengli, Zhao, Gombosuren, Udval, Jargalsaihan, Gantuya, Yingjun, Zhang, Xiangyang, Hou, and Addison, Jane (2020) Grassland livestock systems. In: Brown, Colin G., (ed.) Common Grasslands in Asia: a comparative analysis of Chinese and Mongolian grasslands. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, Glos, UK, pp. 48-77.

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[Extract] The Eurasian grasslands collectively comprise one of the world's largest ecosystems, extending 8000 km from eastern China to eastern Europe. Grasslands are defined commonly as grazing lands used by domestic and wild herbivores and include shrubs and open forests. The Eurasian grasslands, often referred to by the Russian word 'steppes', are characterised by cold, dry climates especially in the east. Of the 957 million ha of land in China over 40 per cent, or about 400 million ha, are grasslands most of which are of low to moderate productivity in the north and west of China.1 In Mongolia there are 125 million ha of grasslands that dominate the landscape within a total area of 155 million ha. The Mongolian Plateau of 320 million ha contains much of the grassland considered in this chapter and extends across Mongolia, Inner Mongolia in China, and into southern Russia, with many aspects in common between the countries. Much of the Mongolian Plateau is at an altitude of 1000 m. Grasslands in montane areas extend to 4500 m in altitude but are mainly at lower latitudes.

Item ID: 62433
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-78897-405-9
Copyright Information: © Colin G. Brown 2020
Projects and Grants: 2210.95257.2338
Date Deposited: 06 May 2020 03:06
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830399 Livestock Raising not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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