New ZealandIn PracticePasture management

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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Making electric fencing work on a mixed cropping / livestock​ operation

A mixed operation presents its own unique challenges when working out how best to setup electric fencing systems to assist with managing pasture. Read here how Wilkins Farming Ltd juggles land usage to breed and finish four types of stock as well as growing crops.

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19Electric 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.
22A short overview on how to drive continuous improvement on dairy farms using electric fencing and weighing and EID systems.
24A short overview on how to drive continuous improvement on sheep farms using electric fencing and weighing and EID systems.
34To avoid overgrazing, managing livestock on grazing lands requires graziers to be flexible and understand the complex soil-plant-animal relationship involved.
58Rotokaia Farm’s new Gallagher i Series Fence Energizer is doing a great job protecting a valuable fodder beet crop from overgrazing.
64Canterbury dairy farmer Ian Hopping has done enough dairy conversions to know a good irrigator fence crossing system when he sees one. That’s why he chose to install the new Gallagher Irrigator Fence Crossing System on his latest conversion project in the Mayfield district.
66Gallagher will unveil an exciting addition to its intelligent Energizer range at this year’s National Fieldays.
67Gallagher has launched two new portable fencing handles – the Insulated Handle and the Dual Purpose Handle - which overcome a niggly problem that has bugged farmers for years.
9An effective water monitoring system enables anyone on the farm to see quickly and clearly how much water is on hand.
75Agriseeds forage trial plots usually require three to four fences being shifted every day - the job has been made considerably easier thanks to a recent investment in seven Gallagher Smart Fence 2 units.