Resilience strategies for small landholders Part 1: Grazing land management and pasture recovery

This series of Resilience strategies for small landholders recorded webinars is focused on supporting small landholders during times of drought and the subsequent recovery processes. This is part 1 of a 5-part webinar series.

In this presentation, Bruce Lord (Healthy Land and Water) discusses the factors relating to grazing land management and pasture recovery including:

  1. Land types
  2. Soil health
  3. Grazing land condition
  4. Pasture and grass indicator species
  5. ABCD land condition scoring
  6. Grazing management tools
  7. And many more…

During the presentation, Bruce also discusses restoring and maintaining land condition.

You can watch the full recording or use the playlist below to jump to the start of a particular section within the presentation. 31:17; published 12 May 2020 by FutureBeefAu.

Download a copy of the presentation – Grazing land management and pasture recovery (PDF, 3.92 MB)

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  1. Resilience strategies for small landholders: Grazing land management & pasture recovery
  2. Grazing land management
  3. Land types and soils
  4. Land types affect pasture growth
  5. Soil health – functions and properties
  6. Soil health – plant available water content
  7. Soil health – nutrient availability
  8. Soil health – soil organic matter
  9. Soil health – groundcover management
  10. Managing soil limitations and at-risk areas
  11. Grazing ecosystem – Three gateway model
  12. Grazing land condition
  13. Features of a healthy pasture
  14. Some pastures and grass indicator species
  15. ‘ABCD’ land condition scoring
  16. Land in ‘A’ good condition
  17. Land in ‘B’ fair condition
  18. Land in ‘C’ poor condition
  19. Land in ‘D’ very poor condition
  20. The rolling ball – land condition
  21. Land condition affect pasture growth
  22. Maintaining land in good condition
  23. Land condition – the drivers
  24. Pasture and land condition resilience
  25. Grazing management tools
  26. Long term carrying capacity Vs Stocking rate
  27. Forage budgeting (balancing supply and demand)
  28. Safe utilisation rates
  29. Rest – a critical time is key
  30. Managing the grazing system
  31. Management of land types and soils
  32. Maintaining pasture and land condition
  33. Restoring pasture and land condition
  34. Resources