The exploitation of grazing lands from suckler cows in the Region of Central Macedonia, Greece

Dimitrios Gourdouvelis

Abstract


In this study, the potential use of available grazing land to suckler cow herds was examined and we determined their stocking rate in the Region of Central Macedonia, in 2019. Data were collected by field research and through interviews from a stratified sample of 66 breeders, in order to identify the livestock population and achieve the characterization of pastures. The pastures included public and private grazing lands that are used by suckler cows and their calves during the six-month summer grazing period that takes place in most cases by moving the animals from the farm's facilities. The survey revealed that the average stocking rate of the Region was 0.70 Livestock Units/ha with strong variability within the study area. Also, the relatively high unsafety of pastures and their seasonal use, on the one hand, do not help to achieve satisfactory productive yields and, on the other hand, pastures are at risk of direct deterioration due to over-grazing.


Keywords


Suckler cows, Grasslands, Stocking rate, Pastures safety

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