Tropical Grasslands (2000) Volume 34, 192198
Grasslands, grazing animals and people — How do they all fit together?
Botany, School of Rural Science and Natural Resources, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
The view of pastures as a crop to be selected, sown, grown and harvested by grazing animals was common among scientists, government agency staff and livestock producers during the 1960s. Consequences of this view include the search for 'magic bullet' pasture species and the indiscriminate introduction and widespread testing of introduced germplasm in Australia. A number of serious environmental weeds have resulted. Another consequence was the almost complete dependence on cultivation, sowing, fertiliser application and herbicides as the only means of manipulating species composition in pastures.