Pastures play a major role in agricultural enterprises and contribute over $3 billion annually in Western Australia through animal production, improvements to crop rotations and conserved fodder. In a typical year pastures occupy up to half the land in low to medium rainfall areas and over two thirds of the land in high rainfall areas. Improved pastures are increasingly being used to play a more comprehensive role in farming systems to address emerging challenges for environment protection and food production.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is a world leader in pasture breeding and selection, grazing systems design and agronomic management of pastures. DAFWA provides information, tools and resources to support the success of the agriculture sector in improving the productivity and profitability of pasture systems under both dryland and irrigated conditions. 


  • 23 May 2016

    In Western Australia, competition from seven to ninety capeweed plants per square metre in a wheat crop can reduce crop yield by 28-44% and net return by 25-76%.

  • 25 October 2016

    Barley grass is a common name for Hordeum glaucum and H. leporinum.

  • 9 November 2016

    The Focus Paddocks project assisted growers to make sound decisions to obtain a better return on their investment for break crops in their rotation.

  • 1 September 2016

    Cadiz, Eliza, Margurita and Erica have different characteristics allowing them to be used in different agricultural systems.

  • 2 September 2016

    French serradella is an annual pasture legume with three cultivars suited to Mediterranean climatic zones of Australia. Cadiz and Eliza are soft seeded while Margurita and Erica are hard seeded.

  • 27 September 2016

    Isolated cases of photosensitisation have occurred in sheep grazing both Casbah and Mauro biserrula throughout the wheatbelt. If photosensitisation is identified early and the animals immediately r

  • 29 August 2016

    Sothis is the first cultivar of eastern star clover (Trifolium dasyurum). It germinates very late in the season, up to six weeks after the break.

  • 8 December 2016

    Biserrula is a persistent pasture legumes for Mediterranean farming systems. Biserrula  has high level of hard seed, deep root system and  high level of grazing tolerance.

  • 21 July 2016

    Bartolo is the first cultivar of bladder clover (Trifolium spumosum) commercially available to world agriculture.

  • 8 September 2015

    Cefalu arrowleaf clover (Trifolium vesiculosum) is an upright, annual pasture legume suited to forage production systems in regions with >400mm annual rainfall.


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