NSW feed year growth rate patterns

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New South Wales – Feed year growth rate patterns

Source: NSW PROGRAZE Manual, Appendix 4, NSW Agriculture (for further information and assumptions on which these tables are based, see NSW PROGRAZE Manual or visit the Department’s website, www.agric.nsw.gov.au).

Northern Tablelands

Estimated daily pasture growth rate (mid-month) of specific pasture types (kg DM/ha/day)

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*Quality of red grass (with low leaf to stem ratio and rapid maturity) may not be adequate to meet livestock production targets.

The predicted growth rate could vary markedly between good and poor growing seasons. 

 

Good growing season

Poor growing season

Spring

30% above

40% below

Summer

30% above

40% below

Autumn

75%+ above

60%+ below

Winter

30% above

40% below

Central Tablelands

 

Estimated daily pasture growth rate (mid-month) of specific pasture types (kg DM/ha/day)

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*Phalaris, cocksfoot, fescue or perennial ryegrass based with at least 20% clover.
#Mainly frost sensitive grasses such as red grass.

 

 

The predicted growth rate could vary markedly between good and poor growing seasons.

 

Good growing season

Poor growing season

Spring

50% above

40% below

Summer

100%+ above

70% below

Autumn

65% above

60%+ below

Winter

40% above

60%+ below

Southern Tablelands and Monaro

 

Estimatedaily pasture growth rate (mid-month) of specific pasture types (kg DM/ha/day)

 

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* Established perennial pasture (30% introduced grass, ie phalaris, 20% annual clover and 20% annual grass).
# Microlaena and austrodanthonia grass 50–60% pasture, 25–30% clover and 10-20% annual grass.

The predicted growth rate could vary markedly between good and poor growing seasons.

 

Good growing season

Poor growing season

Spring

50% above

40% below

Summer

50% above

40% below

Autumn

50% above

30% below

Winter

80% above

60% below

 

North West Slopes and Upper Hunter

 

Estimated daily pasture growth rate (mid-month) of specific pasture types (kg DM/ha/day)

north-west-slopes.png

*Mainly frost sensitive grasses such as red grass.
#Mix of bambatsi panic and purple pigeon grass with less than 5% sub clover or medic.

The predicted growth rate could very markedly between good and poor growing seasons.

 

Good growing season

Poor growing season

Spring

50% above

50% below

Summer

100% above

50% below

Autumn

100% above

60% below

Winter

30% above

50% below

 

Central West Slopes

 

Estimated daily pasture growth rate (mid-month) of specific pasture types (kg DM/ha/day) 

central-west-slopes.png
*Phalaris, cocksfoot, fescue or perennial ryegrass based with at least 20% clover.
#Mix of bambatsi panic and purple pigeon grass with less than 5% sub clover or medic.

The predicted growth rate could very markedly between good and poor growing seasons.

 

 

Good growing season

Poor growing season

Spring

70% above

80% below

Summer

100%+ above

80% below

Autumn

100%+ above

60%+ below

Winter

70% above

60% below

 

South West Slopes

 

Estimated daily pasture growth rate (mid-month) of specific pasture types (kg DM/ha/day)

 

south-west-slopes.png

*Quality of red grass (with low leaf to stem ratio and rapid maturity) may not be adequate to meet livestock production targets.

The predicted growth rate could very markedly between good and poor growing seasons.

 

Good growing season

Poor growing season

Spring

30% above

60% below

Summer

200% above

70% below

Autumn

30% above

60% below

Winter

80% above

20% below

 

North Coast

Estimated daily pasture growth rate (mid-month) of specific pasture types (kg DM/ha/day)

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*Dominated by carpet grass and with no introduced legumes.

The predicted growth rate could vary markedly between good and poor growing seasons.

 

Good growing season

Poor growing season

Spring

70% above

60% below

Summer

60% above

60% below

Autumn

120% above

90% below

Winter

150% above

70% below

 

Mid North Coast and Lower Hunter

 

Estimated daily pasture growth rate (mid-month) of specific pasture types (kg DM/ha/day)

 

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*Dominated by carpet grass and with no introduced legumes.

The predicted growth rate could vary markedly between good and poor growing seasons.

 

Good growing season

Poor growing season

Spring

145% above

73% below

Summer

114% above

46% below

Autumn

70% above

80% below

Winter

89% above

67% below