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Research Thesis Topic

Options for Improving the Efficiency of Kangaroo Harvesting


Topic ID
286

Thesis Topic/Title
Options for Improving the Efficiency of Kangaroo Harvesting

Description

Kangaroos are sustainably harvested from many livestock production areas across Australia. However, increasing costs of harvest (e.g. labour and diesel) means that kangaroo harvesting is often 'not worth the money', forcing harvesters to find alternative employment. Concomitantly, large and increasing populations of kangaroos in some areas compete with livestock for vegetation, causing substantial economic loss to livestock producers. Control of kangaroos to mitigate damage is also undertaken in many areas, and both the harvest and control of kangaroos is highly regulated. There remains an urgent need to identify ways to improve kangaroo harvest efficiency within existing governance and operational constraints. This project involves designing and testing various options for improving the harvest efficiency of kangaroos in western Queensland, including extensive monitoring of harvested kangaroo populations on livestock properties. The purpose of the project is to identify practical techniques that livestock producers can implement to simultaneously reduce kangaroo competition with livestock and improve kangaroo harvest efficiency.


Principal Supervisor

Associate Supervisors

Research Affiliations
  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment

Field of Research
  • Ecology

Available Academic Programs

Application Open Date
30/08/2017

Application Close Date
30/08/2020

USQ Scholarship Applications

Pre-approved for Ethics
Yes

15REA019, 16REA016


Admission Requirements

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This project requires extended periods of travel to work alone in remote areas




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