Pasture management is the process of ensuring pasture persistence maintains soil nutrition for growth and maximises ground cover to make the best use of the land.
There are many influencing factors that affect a healthy pasture, such as land management practices, grazing animal management principles, existing vegetation types, climate, seasonal and regional (location) factors.
Your aim when managing pasture should be to maintain as much good ground cover as possible. When setting condition targets try to aim higher than what you are striving for as this will assist you to achieve better results.
Hint - Planning, management and monitoring are key to maintaining healthy pastures.
Plant regrowth capacity and species diversity is an important indicator of a healthy pasture. Seasonal factors are core when determining the management of your pastures, particularly as plant growth may have long dormancy periods in northern Queensland’s dry months.
Management guidelines for a healthy pasture:
- Identify invasive species on your property (both adult plants and juvenile growth);
- Implement an integrated approach to grazing, inclusive of weed and pest control and fire management;
- Manage grazing animals in critical areas (e.g. flat areas, riparian areas, special purpose paddocks);
- Rest paddocks to ensure that desirable grasses maintain root mass and have time to regenerate;
- Walk your paddocks as often as possible to assess infiltration rates and ground cover percentages.
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