Archive for category: Grazing Matcher

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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Measuring profitability of livestock enterprises

Measuring profitability of livestock enterprises

Livestock producers make a lot of decisions that affect the profitability of their business. Stocking rates, feed purchases and fertiliser decisions are just a few. But when they decide to change these variables, how can they judge the effect on their bottom line? Measuring profitability or business performance was...

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Producers highlight the value of autumn deferral

Producers highlight the value of autumn deferral

Recent interviews with livestock producers have highlighted the importance placed on deferred grazing in autumn. The aim of autumn deferral is to concentrate stock into one or more ‘sacrificial’ paddocks and providing them with supplementary feed so pasture in the remaining paddocks can properly establish before being grazed. In...

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Livestock producers meet their match (Outcomes and videos from Grazing Matcher 2018)

Livestock producers meet their match (Outcomes and videos from Grazing Matcher 2018)

A year-long extension program supported by South West Catchments Council has helped 12 livestock entities implement changes to increase pasture production, improve fodder conservation and make cost-effective supplementary feed purchases. The Grazing Matcher Program, facilitated by agricultural advisors Jeisane Accioly-McIllree, Dan Parnell and Martin Staines, helped producers fine-tune or...

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