Managing Livestock Species under Climate Change in Australia
Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
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Received: 18 September 2011 / Revised: 10 October 2011 / Accepted: 17 October 2011 / Published: 19 October 2011
World communities are concerned about the impacts of a hotter and drier climate on future agriculture. By examining Australian regional livestock data on sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, and pigs, the authors find that livestock production will expand under such conditions. Livestock revenue per farm is expected to increase by more than 47% by 2060 under the UKMO, the GISS, and a high degree of warming CSIRO scenario. The existence of a threshold temperature for these species is not evident.