Pastures

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 Primary Industries and Regional Development is a world leader in pasture breeding and selection, grazing systems design and agronomic management of pastures. The department 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. 

Articles

  • There is considerable interest in growing sub-tropical perennial grasses especially on the south coast and in the northern agricultural region.

  • 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.

  • Digit grass is a palatable bunch grass and has no associated livestock disorders.

  • 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 due to a high risk of causing seco

  • The establishment of sub-tropical grasses has improved dramatically in the past few years.

  • Rhodes grass is a stoloniferous perennial grass with moderate feed quality and palatability.

  • Consol lovegrass is a persistent, drought-tolerant, tufted perennial suited to well drained, sandy and loamy soils.

  • 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

  • Whole farm nutrient mapping helps graziers make informed nutrient management decisions.

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