Grazing management is a critical part of any grazing system and rotational grazing can be an important tool. The frequency and intensity of grazing can be a very important factor and needs to be linked to plant growth, animal management and other land management considerations. Grazing management may differ depending on pasture composition, be it native perennial grass pastures, introduced proven herbaceous perennial cultivars, or fodder shrubs.
Several Future Farm Industries CRC projects are looking at grazing management in various perennial systems.
EverGraze is developing and testing perennial pasture-based grazing systems in different environments across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia. The target is to increase profits of sheep and cattle enterprises by up to 50 per cent and at the same time improve water management, livestock health, biodiversity and soil health.
The Enrich project is developing profitable shrub-based grazing systems that deliver good outcomes for livestock management, farm profitability and the environment. One component of Enrich is to determine appropriate grazing management of shrub-based systems. The project is also assessing how grazing management of shrub-based systems can enable livestock to self-medicate, by taking advantage of beneficial secondary compounds in plants (such as those useful for parasite control or reducing methane production).
Saltbush looks to be one of the most promising shrubs the Future farm CRC has so far investigated. The Oldman Saltbush Improvement project will expand the use of oldman saltbush through selecting and releasing cultivars for livestock grazing with improved nutritional value, palatability and biomass production. The Enhance project is seeking to better define the benefits of animals grazing saltbush. This will aid future grazing management of saltbush-based forage systems to enhance animal nutrition and productivity.
This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.
This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.
Further information about CRC research projects can be obtained by following links from relevant project pages or by viewing the research transfer page.
The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.