Native pastures are those pastures with native grasses as the dominant perennial species. Normally, native grasses are the only perennial plants in native pastures. They are important for reducing salinity, preventing erosion and providing feed. Historically, native pastures have played an important role in Australia’s livestock and pastoral industries. On less productive soil in eastern Australia, in particular, large areas of remnant native pastures, based on native perennial grasses, persist. These native pastures can be the basis of low-input, profitable grazing systems.
Work on low-input native pasture systems is one component of EverGraze , a project funded by Future Farm Industries CRC, Meat & Livestock Australia, and Australian Wool Innovation. This work is investigating grazing management (rotational grazing) and fertiliser management on native pastures and integrating native pastures with high input, high performance introduced perennial pastures on better soils.
Below is a link to a historical document relevant to Native Pastures.
This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.
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The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.