Livestock naturally avoids grazing on dieback affected grasses, so the condition can drastically affect productivity.
Like so many graziers across Queensland and Northern New South Wales, Brigid and Owen Price have experienced first-hand the devastating effects of pasture dieback. With up to 1,500 hectares of their 21,000ha operation badly affected, they set out to develop a management plan to reduce the impacts.
ABOVE: The Prices run offsets across areas of pasture dieback in preparation for planting Progardes® Desmanthus. (Photo: Rob Price)
Dieback only affects summer growing grass species such as Buffel and broad leaf paspalum, with legumes and some other semi-broad leaf species unaffected.
The Price's produce organic beef, so introducing Progardes® Desmanthus to improve pasture quality and provide a palatable feed source was the ideal, natural solution.
SENIOR AGRONOMIST, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & FISHERIES
Pasture dieback generally starts presenting as patches in otherwise healthy-looking pastures. Meat and Livestock Australia have identified the following symptoms for producers to be on the look-out for:
ABOVE: Sarah Baker from NSW DPI explains how to recognise pasture dieback