Pasture condition guide for the Kimberley

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This pasture condition guide for the Kimberley rangelands in Western Australia describes the region's 17 most common pasture types – by soil group and dominant plants – with a description of pastoral value and photographs and information to identify changes in condition.



Using this guide

We recommend that you read the Rangeland pasture assessment in the Kimberley, Western Australia web page for a full introduction to the pasture condition guide.

To help you choose the correct pasture type for your situation, we provide an interactive key to the main Kimberley pasture types (PDF download).

The pasture guide can be used as a reference for pasture condition assessments and as a training guide for pastoral station staff and others interested in the productivity and maintenance of rangeland plants and pasture communities. By tracking pasture condition, managers can assess the influence of management and set goals for rangeland condition.

Managers can use this guide to assess pasture condition on the listed pasture types in the Kimberley. A pasture type is a distinctive mix of plant species, soil type and landscape position. For example, the Mitchell grass alluvial plain pasture type is a mixture of Mitchell grasses and other species occurring on black soil alluvial plains.

Pasture condition is an important factor affecting animal production and is a useful indicator for the sustainability of production.

Contents of the guide

Each pasture type described in the guide represents a broad group of similar vegetation and topography. Pastoral values are outlined for each pasture type.

‘Black’ soil group

‘Sandy’ soil group

‘Red’ soil group — spinifex

‘Red’ soil group — not spinifex

For more information

You can download the full Bulletin, or soil group sections (see Document links on the top right hand side of this page), and the interactive key to pasture condition.


The guide publication was produced with the support of Rangelands NRM and is also available from the Rangelands NRM website.

Contact information

Kathryn Ryan
+61 (0)8 9166 4015
Matthew Fletcher
+61 (0)8 9166 4019