The impact of livestock on paddock health


Research organisaton
Funding sources

Trial details

Researcher(s) Jessica Crettenden (SARDI)
Roy Latta (SARDI)
Year(s) 2011
Contributor Birchip Cropping Group
Trial location(s) Minnipa, VIC
The impact of livestock on paddock health locations

To test whether soil fertility and health could be improved under a higher input system compared with a lower input and more traditional system.

Key messages
  • Grain yields increase with higher crop inputs and, after grazing, further improve following a sown legume pasture and a more intensive grazing system.
  • There is no measured change in soil organic carbon as a result of either varying crop and pasture inputs or grazing compared with not grazing stubbles or pastures.
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source Caring for our Country
Trial funding source GRDC
Related program Grain & Graze 2

This project was funded by Eyre Peninsula Grain and Graze 2 (GRDC, Caring for Our Country)

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop types Wheat
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Rotation
  • Grazing: Regime
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Minnipa 2011 Wheat

Sow date 9 May 2011
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Minnipa 2011 Medic

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Minnipa, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Minnipa, VIC Calcarosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Minnipa VIC
2011 480.7mm
2010 470.2mm
2009 468.7mm
2008 379.3mm
2007 367.3mm
2006 402.0mm
2005 385.9mm
2004 384.9mm
2003 396.9mm
2002 397.0mm
2001 455.2mm
2000 452.8mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Minnipa VIC


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial last modified: 25-11-2019 14:17pm AEST