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Grazing

AWI invests in pasture and grazing management to develop profitable and sustainable pasture systems across all production zones and pasture types.

In Australia, wool sheep graze a variety of pastures from native species in the drier pastoral zone, through to a mix of introduced crops, pasture legumes and grasses, and native species in the high rainfall and sheep/wheat zones.

Australian wool enterprises rely on pasture to meet wool production targets at sustainable costs, and preserve the feedbase and natural resources.

Pasture Management

Pasture management activities like species selection and establishment, fertilizer applications and weed and pest management ensure pasture persistence, maintain soil nutrition for growth and optimize pasture production.

  Fence between grazed and rested paddocks, Victoria.

Grazing Management

Grazing management is the process of organizing livestock to make best use of pastures.  Well-managed pasture requires smart, timely decisions on the frequency and intensity of grazing driven by plant growth, animal requirements and land management considerations.  Grazing management substantially impacts on pasture persistence, productivity and utilisation. Grazing management is a farm management tool that can be used regularly to help achieve and maintain profitability by:

  • Increasing the quantity and quality of pasture.
  • Manipulating the time availability of feed.
  • Reducing weed problems.
  • Ensuring pasture persistence.
  • Putting woolgrowers in control of pasture, animal production and clip quality.

Further Information

Land, Water & Wool - AWI's $20million, five-year partnership with Land & Water Australia (LWA) developed better ways to manage wool enterprises for more profit and a healthier environment. It drove awareness and adoption of improved management practices at the farm and regional scale for:

EverGraze - an AWI, Future Farm Industries CRC and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) research and delivery partnership, developing and testing new farming systems in different environments across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia. EverGraze aims to increase the profits of sheep and cattle enterprises by up to 50% and at the same time improve water management, use of perennials, biodiversity and soil health.

Grain & Graze - a collaborative project between AWI, MLA, LWA and the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Grain & Graze provided mixed farming enterprises with new whole-farm knowledge, tools and capacity to make changes to lift crop, pastures and animal production while maintaining or enhancing biodiversity and the catchment resources.