Grazing systems work best when the three key components of plants, animals and management come together. Essentially, good grazing systems incorporate:
When these three elements are right, the entire performance of a grazing system improves.
The Future Farm Industries CRC has several research projects working to improve grazing systems.
EverGraze is jointly funded by Future Farm Industries CRC, Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation. EverGraze works in the high rainfall zones of Australia and aims to increase profit by half and improve natural resource outcomes of livestock production systems through perennial-based grazing systems.
The Enrich project has collected data on the potential of Australian native shrub species for grazing systems. This research indicates that for a ‘typical’ farm in the low-medium rainfall livestock zones of southern Australia, including perennial forage shrubs at about 10-20 per cent of farm area can increase whole-farm profit by 15-20 per cent. This is achieved by reduced supplementary feeding during the summer/autumn feed gap and by allowing better grazing management of the rest of the farm.
Another Future Farm Industries CRC project, EverCrop , looks at the integration of grazing systems and cropping land use.
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This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.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.