The Derwent Pasture Network
Low-rainfall environments like the Derwent Valley face long dry periods, periods of no growth, major year-to-year and season-to-season variability in rainfall, unreliable autumns, wide temperature ranges and stresses like weeds and pests.
Increasing resilience is the key to safeguarding your property for the future. Resilience can be achieved at many points, in pastures, grazing, livestock/enterprise, in proactive and responsive management, and through the capital that is ourselves and our neighbours.
Regardless of your experience on the land, there are always things you can do right now. The Pasture Network seeks to answer difficult questions, explore management options and support effective decision making. Refresh your thinking, review your system, renew your pasture and objectives.
How we manage grazing on dryland pastures affects the success of sheep and beef enterprises. Pasture is a business asset, not merely a collection of plants. It is an indicator of enterprise and landscape management, and health. It is a window to the values and performance of the grazing system. Grazing is so much more than simply animal meets feed.
Managers of these systems face plenty of difficult decisions, challenging choices, and risks. How we manage how pastures are grown, grazed, rested and allocated to livestock makes a difference. We can manage stress and make what’s grown really count. We can manage slopes and fragile soils, nurture resources and the farm environment. Good decisions build resilient, productive, sustainable pasture and grazing systems.