Grazing BMP soil health module resources

Soil health is affected by and contributes to land condition: that is, the capacity of a landscape to respond to rain and grow pasture. A healthy soil on grazing lands is one that consistently produces pasture to the potential of each land type. Best management practices for grazing are those that manage our soils for sustainable long-term forage production. The Grazing BMP soil health module covered soil: physical properties, chemical properties and biology.

This page summarises the references used to create the soil health module and highlights additional, complementary resources and activities that you may find useful.

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Extension activities and workshops

  • Soil practical component, Grazing BMP soil health module


  • Grazing BMP soil presentation notes (PDF, 1MB), compiled by Bruce Alchin 2013
  • Alchin, BM and Williams, WJ 2012. ‘Atmospheric nitrogen and carbon transformed by cyanobacteria contribute to productivity in pastoral rangelands‘. Proceedings of the seventeenth Australian Rangeland Society biennial conference, Australian Rangeland Society, Kununurra, Northern Territory. (PDF, 285KB).
  • Attiwill, P and Weston, C 2006. ‘Soils’, in P Attiwill and B Wilson (eds), Ecology: an Australian perspective. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Charmen, PE and Murphy, BW 2007. ‘Soils: their properties and management’. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Jacobsen, C, Keith, K and Kamel, T 1992. ‘Understanding soil ecosystem relationships’. Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Laffan, J 1994. ‘Soils and their management’. Home Study Program – Land Management Series. NSW Agriculture, Orange, New South Wales.
  • Ludwig, J, Tongway, D, Freudenberger, D, Noble, J and Hodgkinson, K 1998. ‘Landscape ecology, function and management: principles from Australia’s rangelands’. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria.
  • McKenzie, N, Jacquier, D, Isbell, R and Brown, K 2004. ‘Australian soils and landscapes: an illustrated compendium’. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria.
  • Northcote, K 1979. ‘A factual key for the recognition of Australian soils’. Rellim Technical Publications, Glenside, South Australia.
  • Resource Consulting Services – Grazing for Profit School Notes.
  • Tongway, D, and Hindley, N 2004. ‘Landscape function analysis manual: procedures for monitoring and assessing landscapes with special reference to minesites and rangelands’. CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Fact sheets


Web-based resources