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Opportunity beckons for livestock production through pasture improvement at a landscape scale


Smith, R and Corkrey, R and Webb, M and Martin, GI and Field, B, Opportunity beckons for livestock production through pasture improvement at a landscape scale, Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia Inc 2012, 25-27 July 2012, Launceston, Tasmania (2012) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]


Anecdotal evidence has suggested a decline in the composition of Tasmanian pastures over the last few decades. A unique and expansive recent study has shown considerable evidence to support a generalisation that our pastures contain below optimum levels of desirable pasture species. This study has shown that annual rainfall and dominant soil order has no significant effect on the proportion of desirable pastures based on a characterisation of desirable pastures. There is currently an opportunity to improve the proportion of desirable species within pastures and with that increase productivity. We believe this study highlights the need for extension programs that focus on the importance of management when it comes to maintaining desirable botanical composition in pastures.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Crop and pasture production
Research Field:Crop and pasture production not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Pasture, browse and fodder crops
Objective Field:Sown pastures (excl. lucerne)
UTAS Author:Smith, R (Dr Rowan Smith)
UTAS Author:Corkrey, R (Dr Ross Corkrey)
UTAS Author:Martin, GI (Mr Gary Martin)
UTAS Author:Field, B (Mr Brian Field)
ID Code:78821
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2012-07-29
Last Modified:2015-02-06

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