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  Autumn - Establishing Pastures

Successful pasture establishment is vital to ensure the persistence of annual pastures. Grazing a pasture too early after seedling emergence can dramatically affect pasture establishment due to:
1. Uprooting of small seedlings resulting in reduced plant density
2. Removal of leaf area (defoliation) resulting in reduced growth of seedlings
3. Decreasing the grazing pressure, applying fertiliser (particularly nitrogen), or sowing pasture seed can improve plant density and effective pasture establishment.

Grazing pressure during establishment can be reduced by either Supplementary Feeding or by Deferred Grazing.


The amount of bare ground will give a good guide to the amount of FOO. Height of the germinated plants will also add to the amount of FOO. Most plants have high moisture content at this early age and therefore will have relatively low FOO.

These photos are at a resolution for on screen viewing. To download a hard copy of these pictures please click on the image.

Clover dominant pasture: Grass dominant pasture: Stubble/1st year  pasture:
 100 FOO clover autumn
100 FOO
Grass 100FOO autumn
100 FOO
100 FOO stubble autumn
100 FOO
300 FOO clover autumn
300 FOO

300 FOO grass autumn300 FOO grass autumn
300 FOO

200 FOO stubble autumn
200 FOO
500 FOO clover autumn
500 FOO
500 FOO grass autumn
500 FOO
400 FOO stubble autumn
400 FOO
1000FOO clover autumn
1000 FOO

1000 FOO grass autumn
1000 FOO

600 FOO stubble autumn
600 FOO

Mixed composition - FOO (kgDM/ha) Pasture photos - FOO (kgDM/ha)
200 FOO mixed autumn
200 FOO
300 FOO mixed autumn
300 FOO
500 FOO paddock average
500 FOO
500 FOO mixed autumn
500 FOO
800 FOO paddock average
800 FOO
1000 FOO mixed autumn
1000 mixed autumn
1000 FOO



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March 17, 2011