MANY pastures have suffered over the past few years with drought and dry seasonal conditions.
With recent early rain across much of the state this could be a good year to nurse them back to higher levels of productivity.
Information and practical tips on autumn pasture recovery will be delivered by Agriculture Victoria pasture specialist Fiona Baker during a webinar/ phone seminar being held next month.
“Our pastures are an investment, and in many cases are ‘recoverable’, despite many years of moisture stress and/or fire damage in some areas,” Ms Baker said.
With 21 years’ experience delivering in the areas of nutrient management, grazing systems, cattle nutrition and feed budgeting, as well as running a South
Gippsland dairy farm with her husband, Ms Baker will share her insights into how producers can get their pastures to thrive.
During this event Ms Baker will cover a range of topics including:
How to determine if pastures are ready for grazing; how long to leave stock in the paddock; the type of grazing strategy producers should be aiming for; and how much rest to give a pasture after grazing.
The specific signs producers should be looking for to determine if their pasture is recoverable will also be discussed.
Ms Baker said understanding these signs has the potential to achieve significant cost savings for producers, as full pasture renovation may not be required.
“In situations where the pastures are failing to meet the requirements for recovery, there are effective short term options to improve pasture productivity without extensive outlays, such as over-sowing with an annual species,” she said.
“There are a number of management options farmers can also adopt to develop new grazing rotations, using existing infrastructure.”
Ms Baker said best practice grazing management is fundamental to the success of livestock enterprises, allowing for good pasture use and cost reduction, while maintaining optimum profitability.
“Effective grazing is also a vital tool in pasture recovery, allowing manipulation of pasture composition for more desired species,” she said.
This event is being delivered by Agriculture Victoria with funding from the Victorian Government’s 2019-20 drought support package.
The ‘Grazing tactics for autumn management’ webinar / phone seminar will be held on May 13.
Register online at https://login.redbackconferencing.com.au/landers/page/b3b3f2.