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Influence of Livestock Grazing on Range Condition in South-West Masailand, Northern Tanzania

R. B. B. Myalyosi
Journal of Applied Ecology
Vol. 29, No. 3 (1992), pp. 581-588
DOI: 10.2307/2404465
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2404465
Page Count: 8
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Influence of Livestock Grazing on Range Condition in South-West Masailand, Northern Tanzania
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Abstract

1. Range condition is discussed in relation to livestock grazing based on changes in plant composition, primary production, soil stability, and the influence of climate and fire. 2. Differences in floristic composition were observed and were attributed to factors other than livestock grazing. 3. Primary production was relatively high and correlated positively with rainfall. 4. Generally, soil erosion was moderate but severe where cropping limited grazing to small areas. 5. Range condition was accordingly classified as good to fair. 6. To improve condition, it was recommended that pastoral lands must be protected from cropping and that range management based on traditional practices should be developed to include controlled burning.

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