The Bioeconomic Potential for Agroforestry in Northern Cattle Grazing Systems: An evaluation of tree alley scenarios in southern and central Queensland

  • 68 pages

  • Published: 12 Nov 2009

  • Author(s): Donaghy, Peter, et al

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There is a growing understanding of the bio-economic interactions driving plantation hardwoods and an increasing demand for hardwood timber products. However there is currently little known about the opportunity to establish complementary agroforestry and pastoral systems (silvopastoralism) in northern Australia.
This report provides detailed information on the key bio-physical factors influencing pasture and woodland growth and forestry outcomes for two widespread woodland communities (land types) in central Queensland. The analysis incorporates tradeoffs between tree and pasture growth, likely forest product yields, carbon sequestration and livestock methane emissions, to construct a bio-economic model of four potential silvopastoralism systems for comparison with conventional grazing systems.