Feed on Offer (FOO)
An image library to assist in estimating the amount of pasture feed on offer (FOO)
www.feedonofferlibrary.com (opens in new window)
Pasture Growth rates (Source Prograze manual) – a guide only as these will vary considerably with pasture species, soil type, moisture, climate and management.
https://www.publish.csiro.au/AN/EA98017 (opens in new window)
Mixed Pastures – guide to quality (Source EverGraze)
https://www.evergraze.com.au/library-content/regional-pasture-growth-rates/ (opens in new window)
Pasture Quality for mixed swards
|Quality Descriptions||Digest Green (%)||Digest Dead (%)||Legume (%)||Dead (%)||Characteristics|
|Very High||75%||45%||60%||10%||Consists of high proportion of legumes such as sub-clover, white clover, medics or lucerne.|
Grass pasture species that present are generally highly digestible perennials.
There is a very low proportion of low digestibility annuals and ‘dead’ pasture within sward.
|High||75%||45%||30%||10%||Comprised of highly digestible perennial grass species such as ryegrass, phalaris or fescue.|
Have a reasonable proportion of clover present (around 30%).
Very low amounts of ‘dead’ plant material in the pasture sward
|Medium||70%||45%||15%||20%||Typically consists of a mix of highly digestible perennial grasses and moderate to low digestibility annual grass species.|
The legume content of pasture species within the sward is typically low at 15%. The mount of ‘dead’ plant herbage generally around 20%.
|Low||65%||45%||5% or less||Up to 50%||Typically has large proportion of low digestibility species (e.g. Onion grass, silver grass).|
May contain a proportion of moderate digestibility species (e.g. Cocksfoot, barley grass).
Very low clover content.
May also have high levels of dead plant material in sward.