Archive for category: Grazing Matcher

Matching stocking rate to carrying capacity

Matching stocking rate to carrying capacity

Optimising your stocking rate is closely linked to profitability because it helps to utilise feed on offer without exceeding the land’s carrying capacity or relying too heavily on imported feed. Stocking rate is a key indicator promoted by the Grazing Matcher Program, which currently supports 32 livestock enterprises in...

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Rotational Grazing Training Opportunity Opens

Expressions of interest are now open to take part in the Grazing Matcher Program in 2021. The twelve-month, eight-meeting program is facilitated by local consultants Jeisane Accioly and Dan Parnell, who have tailored best practice grazing techniques to local conditions. They show producers how to set and adjust their...

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How well does your pasture meet livestock feed requirements?

How well does your pasture meet livestock feed requirements?

Supplementary feeding of livestock is a costly but necessary part of farming in Western Australia. To get the best return on supplement, farmers need to understand nutritional requirements for livestock and what components can be filled by pasture at different times of the year so they can fill seasonal...

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‘Bang for buck’ supplementary feeding

'Bang for buck' supplementary feeding

Livestock producers involved in the Grazing Matcher program met in Donnybrook recently to hear how they can get the most benefit from their supplementary feed budget. The event was facilitated by Jeisane Accioly from Accioly Livestock Industries Services, who outlined how understanding nutritional requirements, testing feed quality and monitoring...

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Big incentives for protecting paddocks this summer

Big incentives for protecting paddocks this summer

Most farm paddocks have a long history of phosphorus build-up that represents a lifetime of investment in soil fertility. With phosphorus and other nutrients concentrated at the soil surface, leaving soil bare and exposed to wind and water erosion is putting that investment at a significant risk, especially given...

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Grazing Matcher program opens for new registrations

Livestock enterprises are being encouraged to join the successful Grazing Matcher program, with a new group planned to commence by March 2020. The program is a partnership between South West Catchments Council and Western Beef Association Inc that supports farmers to adopt better grazing management, fodder conservation and supplementary...

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Three ways tissue-testing can help pasture growth

Three ways tissue-testing can help pasture growth

Despite recent rainfall, it’s still tough going for farmers. With hay sheds emptying and stock hungry for fresh pasture, growth rates need to be near maximum potential as temperatures increase closer to spring. One factor in achieving this is good nutrient management. Nutrient or fertilizer management in pastures is...

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