Management consideration for fence and exclude from grazing

1.     Establishment
The most important feature of ‘fence and volunteer pasture’ is that a farmer can avoid both the cost and risk associated with establishing a saltland pasture. Given conservative grazing management, a range of species will volunteer!

2.     Management and grazing
Because different species will ‘volunteer’ at different sites, it is not possible to specify best practice grazing management.

However, set stocking is never best practice because animals, especially sheep are attracted to the salty soil and overgraze saltland pasture. In most cases, rotational grazing will give an advantage to perennial species over annuals and that is a good outcome for saltland– though there are significant perennial weeds that may invade some saline land, such as spiny rush.

3.     Animal nutrition
There are no general animal nutrition issues with volunteer pastures, though if barley grass is a major component of the pasture, grass seed problems can be expected in lambs.

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