Managing pasture for maximum feed quality

 Key points

  • Optimum quantity and quality of feed is needed for high levels of animal performance
  • Clover and green grass leaf are the quality components in the sward
  • Pasture quality declines in late spring
  • Grazing management at this time should aim to keep grazed pastures at 3–4 cm
  • Surplus late-spring pasture can be conserved as hay or silage, mechanically topped, or grazed with lower priority stock like cattle or weaned ewes.