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. 

Articles

  • 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 establishment of sub-tropical grasses has improved dramatically in the past few years.

  • Signal grass is a warm season (C4) sub-tropical grass but it is not recommended for sowing either alone or as a component of species mixtures in Western Australia due to a high risk of causing seco

  • There is considerable interest in growing sub-tropical perennial grasses especially on the south coast and in the northern agricultural region.

  • Digit grass is a palatable bunch grass and has no associated livestock disorders.

  • Setaria is a a palatable bunch grass with moderate drought tolerance.

  • Perennial pastures have transformed large areas of the agricultural area in south-western Australia.

  • Grazing annual pastures in autumn can potentially lead to a significant reduction in pasture seedling density, especially within the first 12 days after the break of season.

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