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Pasture Management

​​​To maximise the effectiveness of a grazing based farming operation the key is to keep the grass fresh, short, high energy and palatable which ultimately leads to increased milk and/or meat production. Electric fencing has revolutionised these pasture management techniques meaning better profitability for farmers.


Read the introduction article to find out why rotational grazing systems are so effective. Other case studies here show how market leading Gallagher products are making the traditional pasture grazing methods ever more efficient and successful.

Basic grazing practises, how and why they work

Gallagher advises rotational grazing (also known as controlled/managed grazing) as the best way to achieve optimum pasture yield as part of the milk/meat production process. This involves grazing paddocks in rotation using a combination of permanent and/or temporarily fenced grazing areas.

Key Benefits

  • Effective - maximise results potential of feed and greatly improve the feed quality and yield
  • Efficient - direct harvesting of grass or fodder crops by animal with the manure returned directly to the soil during the process
  • Flexible - use a combination of permanent & portable fencing to maximise grazing area control

Read on to understand the key factors that need to be considered when subdividing land, what is grass tillering and why is it important and find out what fencing systems exist to support the whole process.

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Strip grazing sheep saves vineyard $15,000 in costs

When approached by a local sheep farmer, Cumulus Wines Estate trialled grazing the Merino's between the vineyards. After an extremely successful first season they went onto graze the rest of the vineyard and the headlands beyond, saving themselves time, herbicide and fuel as well as making an income from agisting the sheep.             

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43After a very bad run with livestock mauled by dogs, Dan and Linda Petty decided to put electric fencing around their Yuraraba property in southern Queensland.
44Mat Roberts says without the “dog fence”, they wouldn’t be able to farm sheep.
47Being able to weigh 500 cattle in three hours is a major advantage of the TSi Livestock Manager for Phil Redding.
48Electric feral fence boosts hay production 4-fold, eliminates pigs
90After comparing fencing types and styles, the Croziers installed Westonfence. They erected the first section in 2007, and now have about 100 kilometres for internal subdivision and animal containment, using Westonfence leaning offsets (or “slopers”) as an added measure to keep animals in.
6Electric fencing is ideal for grazing or pasture management by containing animals on a selected area of pasture or crop. It also may be used to protect gardens and landscapes from animal damage.
72After major damage to stud stock, fencing and fodder by feral and wild animals, solar-powered electric fencing is giving this family back its farm.
53Gallagher water monitor saves labour and days lost pumping
94Westonfence has been designed for the construction of a robust, low maintenance electric fence.  It is fast, easy to construct and a cost effective solution to exclusion and subdivision fencing.