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Grazing & pasture management

MLA invests up to $5 million a year in grazing and pasture management R&D projects, supporting production in southern and northern Australia.

The focus of grazing and pasture management R&D includes:

  • Plant breeding and pre-breeding technology (genetic markers)
  • Pasture variety trials
  • New forages for production and resource management benefits
  • Pasture management to improve forage quality, quantity and persistence
  • Incorporating new forages into production systems (grazing crops, shrubs)
  • Grazing system design

While new forage opportunities are being explored in northern Australia, in southern Australia the Feedbase Investment Plan aims to increase meat production by 2.5% per hectare per annum, with no decline in sustainability indicators.

Best practice

MLA’s investment returns productivity, profitability and land management benefits for producers in both the short and longer term. This portfolio of work is strongly connected with managing natural resources and preventing off-site impacts through loss of sediment or nutrients.

The outcomes of MLA’s extensive portfolio of grazing and pasture management R&D has been used to produce best practice management guides for cattle, sheep and goat enterprises.