Combinations of adaptations are best
It is unlikely that one adaptation alone will remove all the negative impacts of climate change – combinations of adaptations are found to work best
By way of example and building on the figures shown in ‘Adaptations (management changes) can help reduce impacts’, combing genetic improvement and strategic summer feed-lotting of sheep, profitability can approximate what was previously the case
As a broad generalization, the following can be said about adaptations for southern livestock enterprises in the face of potential climate change
- Combinations of adaptations work best
- Better animals (genetic improvement) will lessen the impacts
- Lot-feeding (confinement) – significant advantages in some regions.
- Greater winter pasture growth – calving and lambing times marginally earlier may help in the longer term
- Increased “scale” can reduce the impact at an enterprise level
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