Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

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Profit from pastures


Pastures, Dairy farming, Pasture plants, Grassland management, Grazing, Fertilizers, Irrigated farming, Western Australia

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The research program has made a major contribution to the improvement of pasture management techniques, which has, in turn, led to a gain in productivity for dairy farms in the south-west of Western Australia. Analysis has shown a 25 per cent improvement in pasture utilisation, an increase in the average number of cows milked from 155 to 192, an increase in average stocking rates from 0.9 to 1.2 cows per hectare, and increased income from milk sales by $600 per hectare. There are still areas for improvement in sustainability, productivity, and profitability, but the success to date is a credit to all involved. 18

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