Low-cost improvement of Perennial Pastures

Over time, sub-tropical perennial grass densities can drop below optimal levels, which can have impacts on productivity and ground cover.

However, through farmer observations, it has been found that Panic plants produce significant amounts of seed, and all that is needed are favourable conditions for them to establish and survive.

As part of NACC’s Innovative Farming Demonstration Site Project, Evergreen Farming launched a trial on three paddocks in the Walkaway area, where the annual component of the pastures were sprayed out.  Permanent monitoring sites were set up and monitored over the next 15 months to see what happened.

BEFORE: Picture on left taken of paddock December 2014 by Phil Barrett-Lennard and picture on right taken April 2016,  by Grant Bain.



A report of their findings has been published by Philip Barret-Lennard, of agVivo, and NACC’s Sustainable Agriculture Project Manager Sarah Jeffery said the results were interesting, noting these three major points:

  1. “If you overgraze your paddock, ensure that you allow for regular flowering and seed set;
  2. “Allow the paddock to be rested if there are small, newly established perennial plants so they are not trampled or pulled out;
  3. “And avoid overgrazing in the first place is the first goal of any farmers and follow the Evergreen “must do” list when establishing perennial grasses and allow them to have a good rest between grazings.”

Click here for the full report written by Phil Barrett-Lennard.

This project was delivered by Evergreen Farming with support from NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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