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PW1.1 Enterprise Management Series


01 Optimising stocking rate - the key to increasing pasture utilisation and profit

November 2006

In southern Australia, only 20 to 40% of the pasture produced is eaten by stock. Increasing the use of the pasture you are already growing is the most effective way to increase the productivity and profitability of most sheep enterprises. Stocking rate is the biggest driver of pasture utilisation, however, producers will be questioning, “How far can we push stocking rate and still have a profitable and sustainable enterprise?” Selecting a stocking rate needs to take into account economic, production and environmental risks. Understanding the risks, the probability of them occurring, and having a plan to deal with them is essential.


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02 Profitability of sheep enterprises in southern Australia

November 2006

High sheep meat prices relative to wool are forcing many producers in southern Australia to rethink their traditional sheep enterprise. Recent studies by the Sheep CRC highlighted differences in profitability between sheep enterprises. This work also highlighted considerable scope for producers to do a better job of what they are currently doing within their existing enterprise. Computer simulations (GrassGro version 2.4.3) were used, as they are fast, inexpensive, can be changed readily with new circumstances and put useful figures on difficult to quantify enterprise changes.




03 Lambing at the right time in southern Australia - the first step to increasing sheep profits

November 2006

In southern Australia increasing the use of pasture grown is the most effective way to lift the productivity and profitability of most sheep enterprises. Selecting the right time of lambing, by matching the increased feed requirements of lambing ewes to the peak of pasture growth, is the first step to optimise pasture utilisation