Pastures

Pastures play a major role in agricultural enterprises and contribute over $3 billion annually in Western Australia through animal production, improvements to crop rotations and conserved fodder. In a typical year pastures occupy up to half the land in low to medium rainfall areas and over two thirds of the land in high rainfall areas. Improved pastures are increasingly being used to play a more comprehensive role in farming systems to address emerging challenges for environment protection and food production.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is a world leader in pasture breeding and selection, grazing systems design and agronomic management of pastures. The department provides information, tools and resources to support the success of the agriculture sector in improving the productivity and profitability of pasture systems under both dryland and irrigated conditions. 

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  • Most unplanned fires have a drastic effect on a pasture. Fire changes the plant composition and reduces growth and carrying capacity in the following season.

  • Saline lands in Western Australia (WA) often suffer winter waterlogging, with the levels of salinity and depth to watertable varying markedly both spatially and between seasons.

  • In September 2017, six department research officers presented at the biennial Australian Agronomy Conference in Ballarat, Victoria.

  • There are many different pasture types in the pastoral rangelands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

  • There are many different pasture types in the pastoral rangelands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

  • We provide this information on buffel grass pastures in the Kimberley to be used as a reference for assessing pasture condition, and as a guide for pastoral station staff and others interested in t

  • There are many different pasture types in the pastoral rangelands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

  • There are many different pasture types in the pastoral rangelands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

  • There are many different pasture types in the pastoral rangelands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

  • There are many different pasture types in the pastoral rangelands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) provides this p

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