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Table 1 The geographical coordinates and pedo-climatic conditions of the study areas

From: Herd dynamics, production and marketing constraints in the commercialization of cattle across Nguni Cattle Project beneficiaries in Eastern Cape, South Africa

District Geographical coordinates* Rangeland type Annual rainfall (mm) Mean annual temperature (°C) Altitude (m)
Alfred Nzo 30.54° S, 28.85° E Sour 600–950 14–15 600–1400
Amathole 32.58° S, 27.36° E Sweet 400–700 15–20 400–700
Joe Gqabi 30.98° S, 26.98° E Sweet-sour 400–700 12–16 1100–1600
O R Tambo 31.46° S, 29.23° E Sweet-sour 450–750 17–18 600–850
Chris Hani 31.87° S, 26.79° E Sweet-sour 400–700 12–16 400–1450
Sarah Baartman 33.57° S, 25.36° E Sour 600–945 12–14 800–1350
  1. Source: Mucina and Rutherford (2006). Sweet rangeland occurs in areas with low water supply and where parent material gives rise to soils with a high base status. This veld type is characterized by production of palatable grazing of predominantly annual grasses (Ellery et al. 1995). Sour rangeland occurs in areas with high water supply and where parent material gives rise to soils with a low base status. This veld type is largely covered with coarse seasonal perennial grasses and affords inferior grazing (Ellery et al. 1995)
  2. *Geographical coordinates: GPS coordinates of the main Town (seat) in each district