stocking rates, soil types, small holdings, hobby farm
Small rural holdings are often owned by people who want to pursue a semi-rural lifestyle but who are inexperienced in land management issues. This can result in landholders stocking their properties with animals at rates higher than the land resources can sustain, leading to degradation problems such as soil erosion, water pollution and damage to vegetation. This document provides information and guidelines to help planners, developers, local authorities and land owners determine the base stocking rates for rural small holdings on the Swan Coastal Plain and Darling Scarp and immediate surrounds. The advice utilises Agriculture Western Australia’s rural stocking rate guidelines for rainfed pastures in the high rainfall areas (> 650 mm) in the south-west of Western Australia.
van Gool, D, Angell, K, and Stephens, L. (2000), Stocking rate guidelines for rural small holdings. Swan Coastal plain and Darling Scarp, Western Australia. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. Report 99.
Grouping of major soil-landscape systems in the north of the study area
Major_soil-landscape systems in the south Map 2 of 2.pdf (3994 kB)
Grouping of major soil-landscape systems in the south of the study area