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Assessment of intensity of agro-grazing animals in irrigated Punjab  [2008]

Yaqoob, S. (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Forestry, Range Management and Wildlife) Khan, Z.H. (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Forestry, Range Management and Wildlife) Khan, G.S. (University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (Pakistan). Dept. of Forestry, Range Management and Wildlife)

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Abstract
A study was conducted in the Department of Forestry, Range Management and Wildlife. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan during 2007-08. In this study intensity of agro-grazing animals was assessed in six grazing sites covering 35 districts in irrigated areas of Punjab. Six grazing sites located along streams and rivers, rail tracks and main roads, main canals and drains, forest/range and international border between India and Pakistan, in and around main cities, towns, agricultural farms and interior villages, respectively. Highest intensity (576 animal units (AU/1000 ha) and herd size (55.20 AU/ herd) of agro-grazing animals was found in sites located along streams and rivers whereas the lowest intensity (151.10 AU/1000 ha) and herd size (36.40 AU/herd) was noted in sites located along rail tracks/main roads and forests/range lands and international border, respectively. Grazing site showing low animal intensity carried maximum number (383285 AU.) i.e. 27.10 percent of agro-grazing animals and area (2537000 hectares) which was one third (35.8%) of total study area. Highest percentage of buffaloes (54.8), cattle (33.0), sheep (8.6) and goats (11.2) were found in grazing sites located along streams/rivers. Forest/range lands/ international border and canal/drains, respectively. Lowest percentage of buffaloes (47.6) and cattle (31.2) was found in grazing sites located along forest/range lands/international border, along canals/main drains and in
around main cities and towns, respectively. Grazing sites giving highest percentage of buffaloes showed minimum percentage of sheep (5.0) and goats (8.3). Grazing sites located in and around main cities and towns were smallest (332000 ha - 4.7%) by area It is concluded that grazing sites located along streams and rivers have high potential of agro-grazing livestock production.
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Other subjects

  • water buffaloes
  • goats
  • irrigated land
  • pakistan
  • cattle
  • livestock numbers
  • grazing lands
  • sheep
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Type : Journal Article

In AGRIS since : 2009

Volume : 46

Issue : 4

Start Page : 389

End Page : 396

All titles :

" Assessment of intensity of agro-grazing animals in irrigated Punjab "