Optimisation of pasture improvement

Karl Behrendt, Oscar Cacho, James Scott

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The risks of sowing a new pasture has little impact on the profitability of sowing a permanent pasture across a range of stocking ratesSowing perennial pastures does increase gross margins and reduce risk, as long as stocking rates don't increase too much and the sown pastures species persist. The sequence of years, in terms of gross margins achieved, following the establishment of a pasture influences profit and the optimal replacement time for the sown pasture.High stocking rates on new sown pastures increases short term profits, but also decreases pasture persistence and increases economic risk. The net result is reduced long term profit, more risk and less persistent pastures.Due to the need for rapid differentiation between Farmlets A (sown species & high soil fertility) and B (some sown species & moderate soil fertility), Farmlet A has been operating inefficiently.To optimise Farmlet A's management and profitability in the future, the previously sown pastures must be managed for persistence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCicerone Farms
Subtitle of host publicationComing to Conclusions? Proceedings of 2006 Symposium
EditorsJ.M. Scott
Place of PublicationUniversity of New England
PublisherThe Cicerone Project Inc. and the Centre for Sustainable Farming Systems
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)1863899952
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventCicerone Farms: Coming to Conclusions? Proceedings of 2006 Symposium - Armidale, Australia
Duration: 11 May 2006 → …


ConferenceCicerone Farms: Coming to Conclusions? Proceedings of 2006 Symposium
Period11/05/06 → …

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