Pastures Resources

Pasture growth rate guide

Pasture growth rate guide - y axis shows kilograms per hectare, per day in 20 kilogram increments starting at 20 and ending at 100 kilograms. The x axis shows monthly increments starting with January and ending with December. Four pasture growth rates are shown - poor in red, average in black, good in blue and very good in green.

Source Prograze manual – a guide only as these will vary considerably with pasture species, soil type, moisture, climate and management.

Regional pasture growth rates

Pasture growth curves - North East Victoria (Seymour)

Source EverGraze – Pasture growth rates and tables for regions across Australia compiled for Meat and Livestock Australia Feed Demand Calculator.

Pasture quality for mixed swards

Quality DescriptionsDigest Green (%)Digest Dead (%)Legume (%)Dead (%)Characteristics
Very High75%45%60%10%Consists of high proportion of legumes such as sub-clover, white clover, medics or lucerne.
Grass pasture species that present are generally highly digestible perennials.
There is a very low proportion of low digestibility annuals and ‘dead’ pasture within sward.
High75%45%30%10%Comprised of highly digestible perennial grass species such as ryegrass, phalaris or fescue.
Have a reasonable proportion of clover present (around 30%).
Very low amounts of ‘dead’ plant material in the pasture sward
Medium70%45%15%20%Typically consists of a mix of highly digestible perennial grasses and moderate to low digestibility annual grass species.
The legume content of pasture species within the sward is typically low at 15%. The mount of ‘dead’ plant herbage generally around 20%.
Low65%45%5% or lessUp to 50%Typically has large proportion of low digestibility species (e.g. Onion grass, silver grass).
May contain a proportion of moderate digestibility species (e.g. Cocksfoot, barley grass).
Very low clover content.
May also have high levels of dead plant material in sward.