Modern civilisation has imposed heavy demand on land for intensive agriculture, urbanisation and for recreational purposes. Crop production and dairying have been more remunerative than sheep production which, at least, in the present stage of its development is least paying. Sheep being a poor converter of roughages and concentrates than any other species of livestock is left to the areas where crop production is either difficult or impossible. Arid areas and high altitude hilly regions do not offer any competition to sheep with crop production and dairying. The arid areas are, therefore, most ideal for sheep production. In order to make sheep farming a productive occupation in these areas and to stabilise this industry in this region forestry (fodder trees and bushes) and pasture development has to go hand-in-hand with sheep rearing. This brings us to a basic approach to land-use in arid and semi-arid areas in which grazing represents the most important activity in terms of total acreage involves, if not in production
Proceedings of the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production, Volume 1, Madrid, Spain, 801–813, 1974
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