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Rotations to increase stocking rate

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A MLA producer demonstration site (PDS) in Holbrook, sheep producer John Keogh is using rotational grazing to test pasture performance and productivity - and has already boosted the stocking rate by 2 dse (dry sheep equivalents) per hectare.

By fencing one 45ha paddock into three 15ha paddock, over-grazing in the north-west paddock has been reduced while grass and clover in the under-utilised south paddock is now growing - producing better quality feed. 

For the past three years, John has recorded stocking rates on all paddocks using the Evergraze feed budget rotation planner. 

The annual stocking rates for all paddocks is now roughly equal, grass growth and ground cover in the over-grazed paddock has increased, and clover content in the under-grazed paddock more than doubled (to 19%) in the year to 2012. 

Access the Evergraze feed budget rotation planner at www.mla.com.au/feedbudgetplanner



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