Growing profit from the ground up

Investing in pasture improvement

Pasture improvement

Improving pastures can increase production significantly and provide other potential spin-offs, but it needs to be a profitable investment. (Photo: Catriona Nicholls)

Calculations of the worth of investing in pastures can be complex and are often estimated differently, depending on who is doing the sums.

In considering whether to improve pastures, the calculations you make will depend on the question you want to answer. Two key questions that you might be interested in are:

  • Can I afford it?
  • Is it a worthwhile investment?

The second question is of particular use if you are considering other investments to increase production like buying more land or off-farm investments for more financial security.

The EverGraze website provides a wealth of information to decide whether or not to invest in a new pasture, including the Pasture Improvement Calculator.