International expert visits rangelands for ‘self-shepherding’ discussions

An international animal behaviour expert will be in Broome next month as part of discussions about a new rangelands ‘self-shepherding’ project.

Rangelands NRM, in partnership with the West Kimberley LCDC, have invited Dr Fred Provenza, currently a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University to Broome for a two-day workshop 8-9 May.

Dr Provenza is a leading authority on animal feeding behaviour and management with emphasis on herbivore learning, food selection and the impacts on landscape health. He has over 30 years of research in plant-animal interactions, animal behaviour and nutrition. His research has identified many different components, including early-life experiences of animals that influence their diet and habitat selection.

His visit will be incorporated with a LCDC meeting and discussion of opportunities for Rangelands NRM’s new Rangelands Self Shepherding Project, supported by a Federal Government Innovation Grant in Sustainable Agriculture.

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