There are countless approaches to the management of grazing livestock. The way grazing animals are moved across the landscape influences soil health, pasture species diversity, plant growth and production. Different species graze differently and livestock have different nutritional requirements throughout the year. Grazing management accounts for these changing needs of livestock while optimising pasture health and production.
This program will describe the range of approaches to grazing management and the impact of the different strategies on pasture dynamics, growth and production.
- The range of grazing management strategies explained
- Managing animals in tune with seasonal growth cycles
- The effect of the number of paddocks on rest and recovery of plants
- Matching stocking rate to carrying capacity - feed budgeting
- Methods to measure available feed and pasture growth
- The importance of residual herbage mass and pasture utilisation