A Statistical Account of the Seven Colonies of Australasia

T a Coghlan


Publisher Marketing: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 Excerpt: ...to the American Department of Agriculture: --STOCK-CARRYING CAPACITY OF AUSTRALASIA. None of the Colonies are stocked to their full capacity, while in the large territory of Western Australia, and the Northern territory of South Australia, the process has only begun. A clear idea of the comparative extent to which each Colony is stocked cannot be given unless the different classes of stock are reduced to a common value. Assuming, therefore, that one head of large stock is equivalent to ten sheep, and stating cattle and horses in terms of sheep, it will be found that the number of acres per sheep for each Colony is as follows: --New South Wales 2-4 Victoria 1'6 Queensland 4'7 South Australia 37"5 Western Australia 180-2 Tasmania 4'6 New Zealand. 2-3 Australasia 7'7 The most closely stocked Colony is Victoria, with 1-6 acres per sheep, but this is by no means the limit of the carrying capacity of that province. On the contrary, there is still a considerable tract yet to be brought under the sway of the pastoralist. Neither New Zealand nor New South Wales, with 2-3 and 2-4 acres per sheep, can be said to have reached its full carrying capacity. If the present average of New South Wales be taken as the possible limit to which Australasia may be stocked, then there is room in these Colonies for 580 million of sheep, or 58 million cattle more than now depastured. That Australasia can carry 1 sheep to 2-4 acres is an improbable supposition. In almost every Colony the best land is under occupation, and the demands of the farmer must diminish the area at present at the disposal of the grazier. This will more especially prove true in regard to Victoria, New Zealand, and Tasmania. On the other hand, by resisting the temptation to overstock inferior country, and by ...

Media Bøger     Paperback Book   (Bog med blødt omslag og limet ryg)
Released 01/05-2012
ISBN13 9781236438669
Publisher Rarebooksclub.com
Pages 134
Dimensions 246 × 189 × 7 mm
Weight 250 gram
Language English