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Key decisions, critical actions and benchmarks

Georgia January 21, 2022

To better understand your feed supply, construct pasture supply curves for your property and assess the variability between years. This requires knowledge of your annual rainfall and its variability, temperature patterns and your pasture types.

Background information

When are the best, worst and most unreliable periods for pasture growth on your farm? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you make the right strategic decisions for your sheep enterprise.

The first and most critical step is to more reliably predict pasture growth across the year. Once you understand how pasture growth varies, you can:

  • Match animal requirements to pasture production
  • Achieve more precise and cost-effective supplementary feeding
  • Budget feed more accurately
  • Manipulate pasture production and composition to meet the needs of your enterprise.

At a glance

  • Know your feed supply curve
  • Understand the variability of your feed supply curve, within and between years
  • Identify and quantify opportunities to change your feed supply curve