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Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 59–77 | Cite as

Applied research on multiple land use through silvopastoral system in Southern Chile

  • Rubén Peñaloza
  • Marcelo Hervé
  • Luis Sobarzo
Article

Abstract

In 1977 a silvopastoral system was started in a 8.5 há farm with the typical soil characteristics of the coastal ranges of Southern Chile, planted with Radiata pine (Pinus radiata D.Don) 2/0, with a 2.5 × 7 m spacing. The sheep management system began in June 1979.

The stocking rate varied from 6 to 8 sheep per há, the ewe breeds were Romney, Suffolk × Romney, with Suffolk or Romney rams. During the 1979–1982 period ratational grazing in four paddocks with native pasture and subterranean was used. Starting from June 1982 pasture area had increased to 12 há.

Forage was not conserved. Overnight, sheep were kept loose on a slatted floor sheep house.

D.M./há availability, sheep and lamb weight, reproduction and growth of lambs, show that the system is feasible and practical. The 1980 production was 214 kg of live weight/há; 248kg/há in 1981; 171 for 1982, and 207 for 1983. During these years the mean wool production was between 3.5 to 4 kg per sheep.

The economic results f the system are attractive as to improve farmers' income, also preventing erosion, allowing a means to promote development of an important area in Southern Chile.

The research project is still in progress.

Keywords

Typical Soil Apply Research Soil Characteristic Economic Result Ratational Grazing 
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© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rubén Peñaloza
    • 1
  • Marcelo Hervé
    • 1
  • Luis Sobarzo
    • 1
  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias ForestalesUniversidad Austral de ChileValdiviaChile

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