Sustainable grazing

Grazing fundamentals EDGE

Grazing fundamentals EDGE is a one-day workshop designed to give you a broad understanding of the components of the grazing production system and the core, scientifically-backed principles behind optimising grazing land productivity.

What you will learn:

  • environmental regulators of pasture growth and quality
  • local seasonal pasture growth patterns and key decision dates
  • how soil properties influence pasture growth
  • how grazing affects pasture plants, their productivity and growth
  • how to assess land condition and how this impacts on carrying capacity
  • know when and how to use pasture spelling
  • principles behind successful grazing systems
  • how to account for different classes of animals when assessing grazing pressure
  • what’s involved with forage budgeting.

Attending this workshop will help you to:

  • understand what conditions drive pasture growth and how you can use strategic grazing management to improve pasture productivity
  • evaluate the productive potential of your property and identify opportunities for improvement
  • better align herd management with seasonal changes in pasture condition.

Price:

$750 plus GST per person

Contact the course coordinator for more information and to register your interest in attending a workshop.

Grazing land management EDGE

The Grazing land management (GLM) EDGE workshop will give you a practical and planned approach to improve the productivity and sustainability of your country. Held over three days, the GLM EDGE workshop will give you information and tools specific to the land types, climate and production systems in your region, such as:

  • long-term stocking rate calculations
  • forage budgeting
  • land condition assessment
  • sown pastures
  • fire
  • weeds.

The informal structure of the workshop encourages discussion and debate as well as opportunities to share land-management experiences.

Price:

$1,750 plus GST for one person from a business
$1,450 plus GST each for two or more people from same business

More information about Grazing land management EDGE
Contact the course coordinator

Stocktake: balancing supply and demand

This one-day practical training workshop steps you through the concepts of land condition and monitoring. It demonstrates field assessment techniques using a database. Stocktake is a monitoring package that ´takes stock´ of your grazing resources and identifies points to improve management decisions. At the end of the day you will be able to:

  • conduct paddock-scale assessment of land condition and pasture yields
  • manage and interpret data for business planning
  • quantify the potential for improvement in productivity
  • complete forage budgets – determine how long feed is going to last with the present number of cattle in the paddock

Price:

$300 plus GST per person, the second person from the same business is free.

More information about the Stocktake workshop
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Rangeland management

This is a one-day workshop for anyone working on a pastoral station in Western Australia. It covers:

  • Pasture dynamics: Understanding the importance of native pastures for maintenance of land condition and production of cattle.
  • Animal nutrition: The roles of native pasture and supplements in improving animal performance.
  • Weed management: Understanding and applying the six principles of weed management.
  • Managing with fire: The role of prescribed fire in pastoral land management.

Rangeland management courses are run on stations, to suit station schedules and are free of charge. For more information contact Matthew Fletcher, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, phone 08 9166 4019.