Sheep get their nutritional needs from pasture or through supplementary feed. Limiting a sheep’s diet can lead to:
- poor development and growth
- low reproduction
- high mortality
- increased risk of disease
- poor wool growth.
Effective grazing management has the potential to improve the profitability and sustainability of your sheep enterprise. Grazing management can be used to:
- manipulate the quality and quantity of pasture as well as composition
- increase animal production efficiency and achieve production targets
- reduce insect populations
- ensure pasture persistence.
The following webpages provide information and advice on how to best manage your sheep and pasture enterprise during different times of the year. They include online calculators and tactics for different seasons.
- WA FOO and PGR maps
- Annual pasture quality and quantity
- Grazing at the break of season
- Grazing winter and spring pastures
- Grazing stubbles and dry pasture
- Supplementary feeding and feed budgeting of sheep
- Sheep feed value guide
- Tips for hand feeding sheep
- Confined paddock feeding and feedlotting
- Alternative feed sources for sheep