• Map your grazing lands into pasture zones based on land capability and primary land use.
• Predict the potential annual pasture production from your grazing land using long-term rainfall records.
• Work out how the water cycle operates on your farm.
• Adopt new strategies to improve and maintain water use . . . → Read More: Introduction to pasture growth for beef cattle
Agroforestry research scientists work hard at generating, controlled, replicated “scientific” observations. The day-to-day operation of agroforestry systems used in research also produces practitioner experiences which, although lacking the control of planned experiments, nevertheless provide useful information. I would like to share some of the “scientific” and “practitioner” experiences which I have acquired during 16 . . . → Read More: Silvopasture Design with Beef cattle in mind
Paspalum (Paspalum dilatatum)
Paspalum is a spring/summer growing perennial, which if well managed also, provides grazing through into autumn. Paspalum has moderate frost tolerance, and is suited to a wide range of environments, including; salinity, water logging, acidity and variable soil fertility.
It is very tolerant to overgrazing. Paspalum . . . → Read More: Introduced warm season perennial grasses for Beef in Hunter Region
The four perennial cool season grasses most commonly sown in the Hunter region are phalaris, cocksfoot, perennial ryegrass and tall fescue. The preferred sowing time is autumn.
Phalaris (Phalaris aquatica)
Phalaris is a winter growing perennial, which performs best in areas with at least 500 mm annual rainfall. Phalaris requires medium . . . → Read More: Common introduced cool season perennial grasses for Beef in Hunter Region