Pasture management

The long term productivity and quality of pastures relies on good management skills. A well managed enterprise will maximise the economic viability of grazing systems through increased production of livestock. In cropping systems, shifting pastures towards legume dominance is also important. To successfully grow annual and perennial pastures, it is important to consider the influence of factors such as soil, climate, pests and grazing on each particular species. 

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) provides information and advice to assist farmers to make appropriate decisions about weed management, fertiliser application, grazing systems, pest and disease management, seed production and seed harvesting. Meeting each species’ requirements is essential in order to realise the potential benefits from improved pastures. 
 

Articles

  • Perennial pastures have transformed large areas of the agricultural area in south-western Australia.

  • IrrigateWA is an irrigation app that will assist with the implementation of correct irrigation scheduling for a variety of crops, regions and soil types in Western Australia.

  • Pasture manipulation is the application of herbicides for grass control early in the growing season (autumn or early winter).

    It is often the preferred option for grass control.

  • Deferred grazing is a tactic where stock are excluded from pasture areas to maximise germination and establishment of annual pasture seedlings. 

  • Management of weeds, disease and nitrogen nutrition are ongoing challenges that limit yield potential.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development's Northern Beef Futures (NBF) project to transform Western Australia’s northern beef industry through market diversity and improved bus

  • This article summarises the management practices required to optimise the production of lucerne to provide benefits to livestock and crop following a lucerne phase. Lucerne is well suited to irregu

  • Lucerne or alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a deep-rooted, temperate, perennial pasture legume which is well adapted to mixed farming systems in southern Western Australia.

  • Spray-topping is a very effective method for managing annual grass seed set in pastures.

  • Setaria is a a palatable bunch grass with moderate drought tolerance.

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