Pasture Principles - A practical guide to pasture management | Clare, SA

Program overview:

Pasture management is the fundamental skill that determines the financial performance of pasture-based grazing systems. Managers who exhibit a high degree of pasture management skill are far more profitable than those with less developed skills.

The aim of Pasture Principles is to provide producers with a set of guiding principles that will allow them to manage confidently regardless of the season, situation or system. The program was developed by Basil Doonan, Principal Consultant at Macquarie Franklin, Tasmania, in conjunction with valuable input from a range of experienced individuals. It is delivered in South Australia by Simon Vogt, Agribusiness Consultant at Rural Directions Pty Ltd.


The program is suitable for livestock producers involved in the sheep, dairy and beef industries. The key areas covered in the program are:

  • an understanding of the relationship between plant requirements, leaf emergence rates and pasture growth
  • plant morphology and the relationship with pasture quality, pasture quantity and plant persistence
  • measuring and predicting pasture growth
  • allocation of pasture on a dry matter basis
  • variations in pasture quality throughout the season
  • the relationship between stocking rate and pasture utilisation
  • animal requirements for maintenance, growth, pregnancy and lactation
  • feed budgeting and planning
  • marginal cost and marginal revenue decisions associated with feeding pasture.

Download the flyer here.

Date & time:

25 Jun 2018 08:45AM to 26 Jun 2018 04:00PM


Clare SA (Venue TBC)


The commercial cost of this program is $2,500 (GST exc.) per business, for up to three participants per business.

With support from MLA’s Profitable Grazing Systems, this program is offered at $1,850 (GST exc.) per business, for up to three participants per business.


Registration is essential as places are limited.
For registration and more information contact Rural Directions Pty Ltd on 08 8841 4500 or email:

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