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. 


  • 25 October 2016

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

  • 10 November 2016

    Application of fertiliser nitrogen to pasture in winter can increase the dry matter production of grasses and broadleaf weeds.

  • 9 May 2016

    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.

  • 10 November 2016

    Established in 2003, EverGraze was designed to develop, test and implement new farming systems based on perennials in a range of environments across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia.

  • 29 June 2015

    In the high rainfall areas, especially on sandy soils, the most commonly used nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) fertilisers can be leached into the groundwater and washed into waterways, resulting in

  • 27 October 2016

    Irrigating with water of higher salinity than a crop can tolerate results in yield loss and decreased quality.

  • 28 June 2016

    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

  • 28 June 2016

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

  • 28 June 2016

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

  • 16 January 2017

    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.


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