The perception by pastoralists of the factors influencing the appropriate distribution of livestock in the rangelands of north-east IranThe perception by pastoralists of the factors influencing the appropriate distribution of livestock in the rangelands of north-east Iran
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
The Rangeland Journal
37(2015):2, p. 191-197
The distribution of livestock grazing is a key principle of range management. This study examines pastoralists perceptions of the factors that affect the distribution of livestock in the rangelands of the Neqab region of the Kashmar County in north-east Iran. Data were collected from the pastoralists on their perceptions of the managerial, biological and physical factors that influences the distribution of livestock, using both qualitative and quantitative assessments. Results showed that, the perception of the majority of pastoralists was that the distribution of livestock was average or good in the study area. It was perceived that the experience of herders and the size of the rangeland were the main factors influencing the distribution of livestock. Regression analyses showed that it was perceived that managerial factors had a more important role than biological and physical factors in the distribution of livestock and the proper use of the rangelands in north-east Iran.