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Kirkpatrick, JB, Bridle, K and Leith, PB 2007 , 'Managing the run country for production', in JB Kirkpatrick and KL Bridle (eds.), People, sheep and nature conservation: the Tasmanian experience , CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria, pp. 45-98.

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While wool growing is an important component of the economy, few wool growers make a good return on capital from wool alone, relying more, where they can, on opium poppies, potatoes, prime lambs, wood chips, tourists and cattle. Potential investments in the productivity of the runs equal the somewhat risky potential returns. The runs are regarded as economically valuable for fodder, particularly for sheep producing premium fine micron wool, and shelter. They are managed in a wide variety of ways, partly reflecting the nature of properties, and partly as a matter of choice between alternative systems, based on perceptions of risks and returns. Rotational grazing and set stocking systems have different challenges and benefits, as do burning and not burning. There are different ways and degrees of controlling wild herbivores and weeds. There is no one right solution.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Kirkpatrick, JB and Bridle, K and Leith, PB
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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© Jamie Kirkpatrick and Kerry Bridle 2007

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