Growing profit from the ground up

Shift in grazing management boosts capacity

Case study: Andrew and Scott Colvin
Location: Blackwood Creek, Tasmania
Property size: Nosswick — 950ha, Maitland — 160ha
Average annual rainfall: 750mm plus irrigation (nine pivot irrigators and 19 pivot circles)
Soils: Light duplex soils — poorly draining soils prone to waterlogging during winter
Enterprises: Mixed farming system — sheep (4000 Coopworth breeding ewes), irrigated and dryland pastures (white clover, annual ryegrass), cropping (annual ryegrass seed, poppies, beetroot, carrots, broccoli and processing peas)

Rotational grazing is improving the condition of both pastures and livestock for Scott Colvin and his family.

Rotational grazing is improving the condition of both pastures and livestock for Scott Colvin and his family.

Key messages

  • A shift from set stocking to intensive rotational grazing has boosted weaner growth rates and pasture productivity.
  • Allowing pasture a recovery phase following intensive grazing is encouraging grass tiller production and increasing groundcover.
  • A “measure-to-manage” approach allows for more timely decisions around matching feed availability and livestock demand.

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