Manage pastures for livestock production

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Assessment Template
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Evidence Guide
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Self Assessment Survey
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Moodle Outcomes
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Registered Training Organisations
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Develop a pasture management program

1.1. Production targets for each pasture type are established, consistent with livestock production and enterprise objectives.

1.2. Irrigation schedules, where required, are determined for each soil and pasture type based on assessed water requirements, rainfall and evapo-transpiration data.

1.3. Nutrient requirements for pastures are assessed to determine appropriate fertiliser and soil ameliorant program.

1.4. Grazing and fodder conservation strategies are identified and planned for.

1.5. Infrastructure required to support grazing management is identified.

1.6. Budgetary constraints are identified and accounted for according to enterprise requirements.

1.7. A pasture management program is developed to meet production targets and enterprise objectives.

2. Implement pasture management program

2.1. Pasture program is implemented and pasture capacity is monitored according to enterprise requirements.

2.2. Strategic grazing may be carried out to reduce or eradicate areas of weed infestation where planned.

2.3. Fertiliser and soil ameliorant applications and rates are determined appropriate to pasture type and soil analysis, and applied accordingly.

2.4. Soil moisture is monitored and watering scheduled adjusted for irrigated pasture.

2.5. Processes to minimise waste and soil degradation are introduced and implemented according to enterprise environmental requirements.

3. Monitor pasture growth and fodder production

3.1. Longer term trends in weed, pest and disease incidence are determined and any necessary changes to control measures are implemented.

3.2. Soil structure and risks of erosion are monitored and necessary changes to cultural practices, grazing management and drainage are determined to improve soil quality.

3.3. Irrigation and drainage systems are checked regularly and maintained if appropriate.

3.4. Grazing management is monitored to ensure sustainable pasture and optimal livestock production levels.

3.5. Feed surpluses and deficiencies are identified and appropriate action taken according to enterprise requirements.

3.6. Pasture maturity is monitored and seed harvesting is undertaken to meet marketing and production targets if required.

4. Review production level

4.1. Pasture yields are monitored and evaluated against forecast production levels.

4.2. Grazing programs are evaluated for sustainability of the land and pasture resource, and livestock profitability.

4.3. Physical and financial records of production are maintained for analysis and evaluation of production performance.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCBAC401A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC40110 - Certificate IV in Agriculture