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. 


  • 20 June 2017

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

  • 18 January 2017

    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.

  • 21 March 2017

    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.

  • 10 April 2017

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

  • 11 July 2017

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

  • 13 June 2017

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

  • 13 June 2017

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

  • 13 June 2017

    Signal grass is a warm season (C4) sub-tropical grass but it is not recommended for sowing either alone or as a component of species mixtures in Western Australia (WA) due to a high risk of causing

  • 16 June 2017

    The Greener Pastures project was set up to assist the Australian dairy industry meet the two major challenges in managing high performing pasture systems: maintaining profitability while meeting th

  • 7 September 2017

    Overgrazing of annual pastures in autumn can lead to a significant reduction in pasture seedling density, especially within the first 12 days after the break of season.


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