Livestock grazing behaviour in large Mallee padocks

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Trial details

Researcher(s) Zac Economou (MSF)
Alison Frischke (Uni of New England)
Michael Moodie (MSF)
James Murray (BCG)
Mark Trotter (Uni of New England)
Year(s) 2015
Contributor Central West Farming Systems
Trial location(s) Nandaly, VIC
Livestock grazing behaviour in large Mallee padocks locations

To understand the grazing behavior of livestock in paddocks to utilise technology such as portable fencing systems.

Key messages
  • For the first time sheep grazing behaviour in a Mallee paddock was monitored and mapped using GPS tracking collars.
  • Sheep grazed the entire stubble paddock as they sought out spilt grain during the summer fallow, but they preferred to graze on sandy soil types first.
  • While grazing a vetch pasture in the same paddock, livestock spent 50% of the time grazing only 25% of the paddock and 25% of the paddock was not utilised.
Lead research organisation Central West Farming Systems
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC
Related program N/A

This project is supported by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority, Mallee Sustainable Farming, University of New England and BCG through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.
GRDC funded Grain & Graze 3 provided additional support.

Other trial partners MSF, University of New England and BCG
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Crop type Vetch
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Type
  • Grazing
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Not applicable

Nandaly 2015

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
Nandaly, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Nandaly, 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 Nandaly VIC
2015 208.2mm
2014 238.5mm
2013 236.4mm
2012 268.0mm
2011 341.9mm
2010 285.2mm
2009 205.2mm
2008 195.8mm
2007 221.7mm
2006 227.4mm
2005 282.0mm
2004 247.0mm
2003 269.0mm
2002 198.9mm
2001 250.6mm
2000 244.7mm
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.

Nandaly VIC

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.

Trial last modified: 26-11-2019 14:19pm AEST