South East Queensland lies within the southern black speargrass region of Queenland’s pasture communities. On the surface it may seem simple
to manage a paddock full of grass
but the way graziers manage stock numbers under a variety of climatic conditions can dramatically improve or deteriorate the condition of the ecological system.
To establish and maintain healthy and sustainable pastures, graziers need to know:
- what plants are in the pasture and the condition of the pasture
- whether there are changes occurring in the numbers of broadleaf weeds, woody weeds or other unfavourable species
- how many stock to carry with the feed on hand (i.e. when is it time to sell stock or begin to feed supplements?)
- how changes in stock or pasture management will affect the pasture composition or condition
- how to maximise income without jeopardising pasture health
- how to demonstrate that the property management strategies are sustainable
- how to use a system like Stocktake to monitor changes in pasture condition over time.