Surface cover grazing systems trial


Research organisatons
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Marry-anne Young (PIRSA)
Year(s) 2014
Contributor Upper North Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Site 2, Appila, SA
Surface cover grazing systems trial locations

To record experiences of farmers using rotational grazing on stubbles (putting high numbers of stock on paddocks for short periods of time) suggest that more surface cover remains and less tracking is evident compared to paddocks where a lower stocking density for longer periods is used.

Key messages
  • Trials are underway investigating the effects of rotational grazing versus set stocking of stubble residues on surface cover and soil characteristics in arable paddocks.
  • Early rain in 2014 disrupted the trial’s implementation but initial results on a stubble / self-sown pasture grazed in June indicated no difference between set stocking and rotational grazing on surface cover.
Lead research organisation Primary Industries and Regions SA
Host research organisation Upper North Farming Systems
Trial funding source GRDC
Related program Maintaining profitable farming systems with retained stubble

Don Bottral, Jim Higgins and Joe Koch.

Other trial partners Not specified


Crop type No crop specified
Treatment type(s)
  • Grazing: Regime
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Unknown

Appila 2014

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

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Trial results Table 1

# Variety
Treatment 1
Dry matter (t/ha)
1 Pasture Control 1.99
2 Pasture Rotational Grazing 1.44
3 Pasture Set Stocking 1.5

Dry matter t/ha

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 2, Appila, SA Clay - Clay loam
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 2, Appila, SA Sodosol
National soil grid Source
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.

Site 2, Appila SA

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate

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.

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Trial last modified: 27-06-2019 11:46am AEST