Establishment of perennial pastures


The Establishment of Perennial Pastures project researched and developed a suite of reliable, robust and economical establishment methods for a range of perennial grass species. While there are substantial productivity and environmental benefits of perennial pastures, reliable establishment in southern Australia has often been problematic.

The project began on 1 July 2006 as part of the former Salinity CRC, with industry funding from Meat & Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation Limited and the former Land and Water Australia. The project was continued by Future Farm Industries CRC from July 2007 until it was completed.
Establishment of Perennial Pastures consisted of four sub-projects.

  • • Establishment of exotic sub-tropical (warm-season) grasses
  • • Establishment of saltland and rangeland species
  • • Establishment of native grasses and legumes
  • • Recruitment of native grasses in native pastures

A key outcome of the project has been an improved understanding of the seed biology and agronomic requirements for germination and establishment of sub-tropical perennial grasses. A reliable establishment package for farmers and seeding contractors in south-western Australia has now been developed in collaboration with the Evergreen Farming Group. The package has been rapidly adopted, and farmers and industry consequently can expect much higher and more even establishment of sub-tropical grass pastures than they did previously.

Research undertaken in NSW as part of the Establishment of Perennial Pastures project identified low-cost, ecologically-based management options to enable the successful recruitment of native perennial grass seedlings within existing pastures. This aspect of the research specifically looked at the native grasses, wallaby grass (Austrodanthonia spp.) and red grass (Bothriochloa macra).

For further information about this project, email project leader, Dr Phil Nichols.


Further Information


Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) ceased trading on 30 June 2014.

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This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.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.