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Field and laboratory methods for grassland and animal production research.

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This book brings together a range of methods used to study grasslands (both temperate and tropical) and ruminant performance, including: grassland vegetation and its measurement; pattern analysis in grassland and animal production systems; modelling pasture and animal production; measuring botanical composition of grasslands; measuring sward structure; plant population dynamics in grasslands; meas...

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Chapter 16 (Page no: 403)

Development-oriented socioeconomic methods in grassland and animal production research.

The importance of considering the requirements of local people in planning grassland (including rangelands) and animal production research is stressed, not only for developing but also for industrialized countries. Among the advantages of this approach is increased likelihood of innovation adoption. Topics discussed in this chapter include: forms of interaction between scientists and producers, consultative socioeconomic research (formal surveys, structured interviews, keeping farm records, case studies, rapid informal methods), collaborative action research and innovation development, and some visualization tools for socioeconomic research in grassland systems. Case studies from Africa are discussed.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Grassland vegetation and its measurement. Author(s): 't Mannetje, L. Jones, R. M.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 9) Pattern analysis in grassland and animal production systems. Author(s): Kelly, A. M. Basford, K. E.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 29) Modelling pasture and animal production. Author(s): Rickert, K. G. Stuth, J. W. McKeon, G. M.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 67) Measuring botanical composition of grasslands. Author(s): Whalley, R. D. B. Hardy, M. B.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 103) Measuring sward structure. Author(s): Laca, E. A. Lemaire, G.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 123) Plant population dynamics in grasslands. Author(s): Hay, M. J. M. Jones, R. M. Orr, D. M.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 151) Measuring biomass of grassland vegetation. Author(s): 't Mannetje, L.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 179) Evaluation of species and cultivars. Author(s): Schultze-Kraft, R. 't Mannetje, L.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 205) Remote sensing in vegetation and animal studies. Author(s): Roderick, M. L. Chewings, V. Smith, R. C. G.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 227) Assessing rangeland condition and trend. Author(s): Friedel, M. H. Laycock, W. A. Bastin, G. N.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 263) Measuring chemical composition and nutritive value in forages. Author(s): Adesogan, A. T. Givens, D. I. Owen, E.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 279) Measuring physical, chemical and biological soil parameters in grasslands. Author(s): Bouma, J. Curry, J. P. Houba, V. J. G.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 305) Measuring and monitoring nitrogen and phosphorus flows and losses in grassland systems. Author(s): Jarvis, S. C. Oenema, O.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 327) Designing animal production studies. Author(s): Bransby, D. I. Maclaurin, A. R.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 353) Measuring animal performance. Author(s): Coates, D. B. Penning, P.