The forecast for drier weather presetns opportunities for graziers with wetland areas.
The forecast for drier weather presetns opportunities for graziers with wetland areas.

Floodplains get moment in the sun

WITH the onset of winter weather and the departure of La Nina, local farmers are looking to the skies for better grazing conditions.

The onset of drier weather patterns brings opportunities to get the most from grazing pastures on floodplain farms.

WetlandCare Australia Project Officer, Kirralee Donovan, said that now is a good time to be planning for the best use of floodplain and wetland grazing resources.

"Floodplain farmers and graziers are finally starting to see their paddocks dry out - providing a chance to establish sustainable grazing regimes that utilise conditions and naturally wet, low lying areas to their advantage," Ms Donovan said.

"Sustainable grazing regimes can provide more productive pastures, improved stock nutrition and better seasonal grazing opportunities.

"Sustainable grazing methods focus on utilising resources when they are available, grazing elevated pastures during wet times and the lower, wetter areas during times of low rainfall.

"Implementing regimes such as cell or rotational grazing can assist to control grazing patterns and also reduce stock impacts on native vegetation whilst providing more productive pastures.

"Retaining water in the lower wetland areas of the farm can be a good way to provide a stock feed resource in drier times.

"Aside from productivity benefits, sustainable grazing methods also improve soil health by minimising over grazing and ground cover loss, soil pugging and erosion" Ms Donovan said.

WetlandCare Australia is able to assist floodplain landholders interested in sustainable grazing options and strategic management of floodplain wetlands.

WetlandCare Australia (mid north coast) can be contacted on 6652 5589 or coffsharbour@wetlandcare.com.au.