Annual broadleaf weeds, if present, reduce the value of sub-clover based pastures for livestock production. Spray-grazing is an effective tactic to reduce weeds, but only if the herbicide and grazing interventions are well managed.
If spray-grazing is carried out correctly, it can lift livestock productivity, while becoming a valuable weed management tool.
At the completion of this module producers will be able to:
- understand how to best utilise spray-grazing within their production system
- confidently identify the seasonal timing to undertake spray-grazing
- understand the risks associated with spray-grazing.
References and more information
- Brogden J (2020) Spray grazing – Turning weeds into feed, 2019 SFS Trial Results Autumn 2020. Southern Farming Systems.
- Evans PM, Smith RS, Carpenter JA and Koen TB (1989) Tolerance of subterranean clover cultivars and balansa clover to selective herbicides in Tasmania, Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 29(6), 785–789.
- Sandral G and Dear B (2005) Weed control options in annual pasture legumes, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
- MLA fact sheet: How do I decide if herbicides should be applied to improve a pasture?
Lisa Miller and Jess Brogden, Southern Farming Systems
Cam Nicholson, Nicon Rural Services