An assessment of silvipasture potential in southeast Queensland, Australia

Maraseni, Tek N. and Cockfield, Geoff and Maroulis, Jerry (2009) An assessment of silvipasture potential in southeast Queensland, Australia. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 15 (3). pp. 297-310. ISSN 1324-0935

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The Queensland State Government provides incentives for landholders to establish hardwood plantations on former pasture and cropping areas; however the long-term viability of the timber plantation program in medium to low rainfall areas remains questionable. In order to make hardwood plantations viable, some value adding is necessary. Thus, several trials including silvipastoral systems have been undertaken. This paper assesses both the successes of the trials and the additional benefits resulting from grazing in spotted gum (Corymbia citriodora subspecies variegata) plantations at Taabinga, southeast Queensland. The results show that at the optimal harvesting age of 31 years, the cumulative net present value from pasture alone would be A$779/ha. Therefore, there is considerable opportunity for increasing financial returns through the inclusion of pasture within plantations without reducing the rotation age of plantations. This silvipasture system will also offer other benefits such as improvements in soil conservation, soil and biomass carbon sequestration and biodiversity.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Publisher version made available in line with publisher copyright policy and permission 28/6/2010.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - No Department
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2010 04:47
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: hardwood plantations; silvipastoral; Taabinga; soil conservation; biomass carbon sequestration
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0503 Soil Sciences > 050301 Carbon Sequestration Science
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070501 Agroforestry
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919901 Carbon and Emissions Trading

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