out of area - clearing land using goats

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Subject: out of area - clearing land using goats
From: Con Boekel <>
Date: Sat, 4 May 2019 06:59:41 +0000
Hi everyone

We have just returned from a trip to Bowra - going north by way of St
George and south by way of Bourke.

The drought you all know about. Bird numbers at Bowra have fallen by
three quarters.

Several species listed as 'common' on the Bowra checklist are at the
moment entirely absent or present in extremely low numbers.

But the bad news, based on a cursory examination of many, many hundreds
of kilometers of uncleared grazing country,  is that goat grazing seems
to be unsustainable over vast swathes of country.

Other than at locations like Bowra and and Gundabooka National Park, we
observed very little woody plant regeneration in Acacia woodlands and

It seems absurd to have clearing regulations on the one hand while goats
are effectively clearing vast swathes of Australia with no apparent
management of goat grazing pressure other than that driven by commercial



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