I am assuming you are on this blog because you are interested in how to use and work with Native grass pastures either for sustainability, drought tolerance and year round feed. Maybe your interest is erosion control, how to build soil structure and health, increasing carbon storage through the deep perennial roots, or maybe it’s to assist in the prevention of laminitis if you have horses and other animals prone to this sometimes fatal disease.
Are you farming on brittle land with limited water resources and income for fertiliser and sowing of annual crops and superphosphate?
Are Native Grasses the quiet achievers?
Anyone who works on the earth has seen first hand the impact of increased temperatures and decreased rainfall on their pastures. There is an increasing interest in how to manage Australian native grass pastures by Holistic management, intensive close cell grazing, moving fencelines, smaller paddocks, and long rest periods between grazing. Many people are now looking to people like Col Seiss Winner of National Landcare Champion of the Year 2014 and watching Alan Savory on Ted talks and Joel Salatin.
I learnt at the Murrumbateman Field days recently that properties with native grass pastures are now attracting a premium because they are drought tolerant and providing food throughout the year. That is a huge shift in thinking, but it’s not mainstream as yet.
Here are some interesting examples courtesy of Dr Meredith Mitchell at Rutherglen DPI.
Native pastures prove their value with Chris Mirams at Woomargama
Case study of increasing value of native pastures through management Ian Locke
Implementing whole farm strategies at holbrook with john keogh
Grazing management makes the difference by Judy and Chris from Griffiths Wangaratta
Paddock subdivision allows more strategic grazing by terry Hubbard from the Three sisters
Case of study with Janet and Stuart Morant from Tallangatta valley in Victoria
Higher stocking rates but lower animal performance on native pasture rotational grazing systems
Integration of native and improved pasture systems increases profit
Native pastures can be utilised profitably in ewe based systems
For more info download this FREE Australian native pasture seed online booklet from the pastures page of our website.
Wallaby grass pasture ( Rytidosperma orAustrodanthonia sp)