Grassland and fodder management is getting immense importance in the current era. The increased human and animal population is causing the over exploitation of natural resources which is leading to the degradation of valuable land resources. Until now, ready reading and field practical manual on grassland/ rangeland are not available for the teachers and students. Therefore, it was utmost important to design the practical material to the end users on the grassland and fodder management. The manual would serve as a reference material for those who are concerned with the grassland and rangeland resource management, the agriculture/forest colleges and universities. There are sixteen practical exercises in this manual. Exercise first deals with the identification of grass species. Second and third exercises are devoted to herbarium preparation and estimation of carrying capacity, respectively. The rest of the exercises deals with grazing systems & their management, cultural practices for grassland improvement, heavy grazing indicators, vegetation analysis, study of different tools/ instruments, housing system for livestock management, preservation of fodder, preferences of livestock for fodder, feedstuffs & their nutritive value, carbon storage potential and fodder trees in relation of grassland and rangeland. This manual will be quite useful for teachers, students and stakeholders engaged in the field agriculture, environmental science and engineering, climate science, policy planning and land use system designing, etc.
Dr. Sneha Dobhal
Dr. Sneha Dobhal is currently working as Assistant Professor (Silviculture) in VCSG UUHF, College of Forestry, Ranichauri (Uttarakhand). She is a doctorate in Forestry with specialization in the Tree Improvement. She has 7 years of teaching and research experience in the field of forestry. She is involved in teaching the undergraduates and postgraduates courses of Forestry and Agriculture besides supervising M.Sc. and Ph.D. students. She has edited one book and has authored 3 book chapters and 30 research publications in referred national and international journals of repute. She is actively involved in coordinating training on “Remote sensing and GIS applications in carbon forestry” conducted by Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), Dehradun. She has also made several presentations in national/international conferences/seminars /symposia. She has won 2 national awards in different conferences. She is a reviewer of the current science journal and life member of international journal of farm sciences.
Table of Contents..
Identification of Grass Species in Nearby Grassland areas
Herbarium Preparation for Grass Species
Estimation of Carrying Capacity of Grassland
Grazing System Management of an Area
Improvement and Cultural Practices for Management of Grassland
Indicators of Heavy Grazing in an Area
Estimation and Management of Grassland
Vegetation Analysis of Grassland
Study of Different Tools/Instruments Used in Livestock Management
Study of Housing System and Requirements in Livestock Animals
Storage of Fodder as Hay, Silage and Leaf Meal
Studying Plant Preference by Grazing Animals
Identification of Feedstuffs and their Nutritive Value
Study of Different Types of Grassland / Rangeland
Determining Carbon Sequestration Potential of Grassland