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Managing productivity in brittle grasslands

Biological productivity varies greatly across brittle environments. Brittle grasslands range from very low-production cold and mild steppes, to high-rainfall tropical savannas that produce vast quantities of low-quality forage during a hot rainy season.

These photos demonstrate the very different management required to keep different types of brittle grassland healthy. All properties shown are managed under planned grazing, with very high stock densities relative to conventional management. Concentrated herds mimic the action of wild grazers that once maintained grasslands around the world.

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very dense tall grass
High-rainfall tropical savanna

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Mid-rainfall tropical savanna

6 slides
short dry grass
Mild temperate steppe

5 slides
short dry grass
Cold steppe

2 slides

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Posted 12 April 2003