You’ll get to grips with pasture production and management principles and how to evaluate potential livestock production from the quality of a given pasture type or context.
|Prerequisites and Restrictions|| You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
|Available semesters||Semester 2 2023|
Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.
What you will learn
After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:
- Describe the major factors affecting pasture production in a particular district, region or location.
- Explain how the annual pattern of pasture production and feeding value on farms, can be manipulated by pasture species and cultivars, nitrogen fertiliser, grazing management, pasture conservation and supplementary forage crops.
- Outline the main attributes of pasture species and supplementary forage crops, including lucerne and brassicas, and how they should be established and managed on a farm.
- Estimate the herbage mass and feeding value of pastures and forage crops.
- Identify common pasture species and weeds.
- Establish and manage pastures and forage crops to optimize their productivity and utilisation in a range of farming environments.
- Discuss the importance of pastures, forages and their management in Aotearoa-New Zealand livestock production systems.
Dr Thomas M R Maxwell
Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences[email protected]