A common issue on smaller equine holdings is the overgrazing of pastures. This can lead to degradation of soil structure and reduction in groundcover, increases in surface erosion and compaction; and selective grazing which promotes weed dominant species.
• These on-ground impacts reduce the long term productive capacity of pastures and feed availability.
• There is more emphasis on supplementary feeding strategies which are costly and time consuming.
• Paddocks burdened with weeds, erosion and compaction also impact on amenity and reflect poor landscape health.
• Pastures will always benefit from rotational grazing with horses running as a mob like other grazing animals.
• The common practice of isolating each horse by set stocking every paddock is in most cases unnecessary.
• Set stocking promotes the level of internal parasite populations on pastures.
The Western Port Catchment Landcare Network has developed a series of 12 fact sheets on a variety of topics of special interest to the small landholder. Whilst these fact sheets have been developed for landholders in this region of Victoria, the advice offered equally applies to other parts.
This fact sheet provides some useful considerations, resources and references for those starting out.
Click here to view the Fact Sheet Pasture management on horse properties
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