Composition and production of California oak savanna seasonally grazed by sheep

J. W. Bartolome, M. P. McClaran

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Tested the effects of two seasonal grazing strategies on within- and between-year production and composition in blue oak Quercus douglasii savanna understory and adjacent open annual grassland. Moderate intensity summer-fall-winter and spring-summer sheep use had few within-year effects. Production and composition varied considerably between years in both treatments. Forbs (especially legumes) decreased in open grassland and oak understory between years within both seasonal grazing regimes. This change could not have been caused by selective grazing because there were no corresponding within-year patterns. Instead, between-year changes are more likely related to nonselective effects of stocking rate and/or weather. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Range Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology


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