Pasture feed on offer and growth rate maps 2018

Page last updated: Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 10:45am

These maps are generated from remote sensing data to estimate pasture feed on offer (FOO) as kilograms of dry matter per hectare, and plant (pasture and crop) growth rates as kilograms of dry matter per hectare per day, for the south-west of Western Australia.

Note: these maps are only relevant in the main growing season of south-west Western Australia (April–October).

The target feed on offer (FOO) to reach before stopping supplementary feeding for sheep is about 700 kilograms of dry matter per hectare, and for cattle is about 800 kilograms of dry matter per hectare. This assumes that sheep pastures are clover based and cattle pastures are more grass based.

Pasture growth rate needs to be greater than the rate of pasture removal by grazing animals, otherwise FOO will decrease and further reduce growth rate. See Grazing annual pastures in winter and spring for tactics in managing pasture to manipulate the quality and quantity of pasture as well as the composition; increasing animal production efficiency and achieving production targets; reducing insect populations; and ensuring pasture persistence. 

See Annual pasture quality and quantity for more information about FOO and pasture growth rates.

As the growing season ends, vegetative groundcover needs to remain above 50% to protect the soil from wind erosion.

We have loaded the following maps as high resolution images, so please allow time for them to load when you click on a map. Chrome and Firefox browsers allow you to 'right click' on the image and choose 'view image' (Firefox) or 'open image in new tab' (Chrome): the curser click on the image will then load the full resolution image, allowing you to see districts in more detail.

Compare the 2018 shire pasture growth rates to that of previous years (2003 to 2017).

Table 1 Pasture feed on offer and plant (pasture and crop) growth rates for south-west WA
For week ending Feed on offer Plant growth rates
16 October 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of food on offer across south-west Western Australia
Feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 16 October 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 16 October 2018
9 October 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 9 October 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 9 October 2018
2 October 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 2 October 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 2 October 2018
25 September 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 25 September 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 25 September 2018
17 September 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 17 September 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 17 September 2018
11 September 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of food on offer across south-west Western Australia
Feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 11 September 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 11 September 2018
4 September 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of food on offer across south-west Western Australia
Feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 4 September 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 4 September 2018
28 August 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of food on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 28 August 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 28 August 2018
21 August 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of food on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 21 August 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 21 August 2018
14 August 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 14 August 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 14 August 2018
7 August 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 7 August 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 7 August 2018
31 July 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 31 July 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 31 July 2018
24 July 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 24 July 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 24 July 2018
17 July 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 17 July 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 17 July 2018
10 July 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 10 July 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 10 July 2018
3 July 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 3 July 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 3 July 2018
27 June 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 27 June 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 27 June 2018
20 June 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 20 June 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 20 June 2018
13 June 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 13 June 2018
Map showing colour coded pasture growth rates across south-west Western Australia
Plant (pasture and crop) growth rates across south-west Western Australia for week ending 13 June 2018
6 June 2018
Map showing colour coded levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia
Levels of feed on offer across south-west Western Australia for week ending 6 June 2018
 

 

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