Native pastures Directions Paper

Following a brief historical overview of the development of native pastures, a description of their current state is presented. This will, by necessity, include some data which is either not current and/or only regionally relevant but that is the nature of way in which surveys have been fragmented through time and across the regions. Management of these pastures is then dealt with by developing two strands. Firstly, according to survey, published opinion and even anecdote, how farmers value and manage these pastures today. Secondly, what have previous and current studies attempted and achieved in devising management strategies for native pastures. Economics and natural resource management are dealt with before considering what options would be most profitable for future research. These will be deliberately region specific but also open ended to allow further development in the workshop process.

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