Native pastures are the primary source of feed for cattle production in the Katherine region. Introduced species have an important role as special purpose pastures. Part 1 (this Agnote) briefly describes the major pasture species and Part 2 (PDF, 147 KB) outlines the common uses of introduced pastures. Authors: D. Parker and M. Cobiac, Department of Primary Industries, Northern Territory (2002).
Download a copy of An introduction to the pastures of the Katherine region: Part 1 Native and introduced species (PDF, 52 KB) from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources.
Pastures for protection & production describes how planting pastures on marginal cropping lands can protect the catchments of the Murray Darling in southern Queensland. It has sections on:
- the environmental benefits of pastures
- restoration of soil carbon
- the problems with trying to restore land to its pre-settlement state
- sown pastures and selection of species
- establishing pastures on old cropping land
- managing the pasture
- recovery of run-down sown pastures.
The technical information has been based on presentations given at the seventh and eighth Australian Tropical Pastures Conferences held in 2007 and 2009 respectively. These conferences were organised by the Tropical Grassland Society of Australia. Editors: Ian Partridge et al., Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, 2009.
Download a copy of Pastures for protection & production on marginal cropping lands (PDF, 4 MB).
Introduced pasture species have an important role in the Katherine region as special purpose pastures within a predominantly native pasture grazing system. While useful, they are unlikely to replace native pastures as the primary source of feed for extensive cattle herds in this region due to climatic and financial constraints. Part 1 (PDF, 52 KB) describes the various introduced pasture species available for the Katherine region. Part 2 (this Agnote) outlines some of the more common uses of these species. Authors: D. Parker and M. Cobiac, Department of Primary Industries, Northern Territory (2002).
Download a copy of An introduction to the pastures of the Katherine region: Part 2 Common uses for introduced species (PDF, 147 KB) from the Department of Primary Industry and Resources.
Producer case studies from Mellaluka, Lignum and Alinya on the Belyando River, Queensland. Author: Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Download a copy of Managing flood damaged buffel pastures (PDF, 384 KB) from the Queensland Government.
The aim of Pastures: Mackay Whitsunday region – a guide for developing productive and sustainable pasture-fed grazing systems is to provide information and knowledge on sown and native pasture systems in a form readily accessible to Mackay Whitsunday region’s graziers and land managers. It contains an overview of the Mackay Whitsunday region and its beef industry profile, pasture-fed beef production options, land types, sown pasture species information (selection, establishment and management), special purpose pastures, and weeds and legislation. Compiled by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland, 2007.
Earthworms can substantially improve the quality and quantity of pasture and crop production. This factsheet outlines some simple tactics that can increase the number of these valuable soil organisms.
Download a copy of Increasing earthworms in pastures (PDF, 51 KB) from Meat & Livestock Australia.
This booklet discusses grazing land condition concepts, best practice management principles and land condition problems which are typical on the Western Downs. Six demonstration sites were established in the Brigalow Jimbour floodplain catchment to trial strategies for improving land condition on degraded, C condition paddocks. Five of the six paddocks were old cultivation and all had ongoing problems with broadleaf weeds, patchiness in pasture composition and soil surface condition. All cooperators based their recovery strategies around the principles of wet season spelling and good stubble retention over the dry season. Author: Jillian Alexander, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, 2011.
Download a copy of Managing for healthy pastures on the Western Downs (PDF, 2 MB).
This book is based on findings from a three year project investigating soil carbon levels in pastures under different management systems in south east New South Wales. It is designed to be of practical use to farmers who want to increase their soil carbon levels. It includes basic information on soil carbon and reports the project’s findings regarding the impact of pasture management on soil carbon. Authors: Yin Chan et al., Industry and Investment NSW, 2010.
The beef industry is a major contributor to the wealth of the inland Burnett region and this valuable industry relies on productive pastures. This booklet aims to help all grazing property managers, from those on small grazing blocks to properties of 10,000ha or more, better understand the development and management of pastures suited to the region. Compiled by Damien O’Sullivan, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Queensland (2009).
Download a copy of Pasture management for the inland Burnett (PDF, 2 MB).
The Butterfly pea book: a guide to establishing and managing butterfly pea pastures in Central Queensland. This book contains accumulated knowledge and practical experience as well as results from a number of research trials. Editors: Rodney Collins and Tonia Grundy, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 2005.