Pasture, without any input other than basic fertiliser, drives more than 85 percent profit for most farms at a $7.00 per kg MS milk price, and 98 percent at a $4.00 milk price.
By putting pasture first farmers can reap the rewards.
8 habits of a great pasture manager
We’ve identified the following habits those with great pasture management follow. Can you spot any opportunities in your own business?
Residual targets are consistently met.
Pre-graze targets are a priority.
Weekly farm walks inform decision-making.
Average pasture cover is measured and calculated weekly.
Pasture is considered a complete feed source.
Surplus is identified early.
Data is used to drive decisions.
Pasture biology is top of mind.
Want more high quality pasture? Get to know the biology of ryegrass and learn the finer points on how to grow it well.
Regular pasture assessment
You can only manage what you measure. Regular pasture assessment such as a farm walk is important for pasture utilisation.
Are you having to make decisions about whether to provide supplementary feed to your herd? This page will help inform that decision.
Using a feed wedge to make decisions
Pasture feed wedges can help make pasture management decisions easier, accurate and less stressful.
Choosing the best time to graze pasture
Monitoring ryegrass leaf stage is an effective indicator of when a paddock is ready to graze. Find out how to identify the best time for grazing ryegrass here.
What does a Pasture First farmer do well?
Their cows consistently eat a high level of pasture and crop from the farm.
Regional benchmarking regularly identifies large differences in pasture harvested, even on farms that are close to each other. It’s not uncommon for neighbours to differ by 3t DM/ha.
Where do you sit compared to the regional estimates below?
Pasture and crop eaten by region (tonnes DM/ha)
If you think you have room to improve, the good news is, simple changes to your pasture management can take you from good to great.