PASTURE MANAGEMENT – Distance Learning Course

By: ACS Distance Education  08/08/2013
Keywords: Distance learning, correspondence courses, distance education

There are 8 lessons as follows: 1. Introduction to Pastures • Pasture Improvement • Choosing a Pasture Mix • Seed Coating • Variety Selection • Sustainability • Definitions 2. The Pasture Plant • Grasses • The grass plant • Growth and development • Phases of development • Annual and perennial grasses • Carbohydrate sinks • The physiology of grasses • The structure of grasses • Growth habits • Legumes 3. Pasture Varieties • Introduction to common pasture grasses • Identifying grasses • Legumes • The Importance of Legumes in Pasture • Nitrogen Fixation in Legumes • The Rhizobium bacteria • Common legumes • Grasses to Grow With Clovers 4. Site Considerations • Managing pastures • Choosing the Correct Site for a Pasture • Choosing the correct seed mix • Seed quality 5. Establishing New Pastures • Preparation of the land for pasture • Prepared seedbed • Sowing • Germination • Direct drilling • Weed control • Seeders • Grazing new pastures 6. Managing Existing Pastures • Native Grasses versus Pasture • Carrying Capacity of Native Grasses • Stocking Rate of Native Grass Areas • The Establishment of the Native Grasslands • The developing grasslands • How grasslands deteriorate • Factors promoting succession or retrogression • Limiting factors and terminal plant communities • Allogenic Factors • Autogenic Factors • Rests To Promote Rapid Growth • Rests to change the composition of the community • Rests designed to eliminate or control bush encroachment • Rests to accumulate grazing material • Rests to provide out of season fodder • Physiological aspects 7. Managing Stock on Pasture • Factors affecting food intake by animals • Animal factors • Feed factors • Grazing factors • Grazing behaviour • Complementary Grazing • Rank Order of Dominance • Selective Grazing • Ruminant Time • Herd Group Behaviour • Grazing Time • Pasture management principles - rest, grazing period, stocking, carrying capacity • Equal Utilisation or the Removal of the Top Hamper, paddock size, number in herd etc • Grassland management principles - Split - season Systems, Continuous Light Stocking, One Herd, Four Paddock System, Intensive systems etc • Horse pastures • Food trees and shrubs 8. Pasture Management Work Tasks • Fertilizer • Pest and weed control • Biological control • Advantages of Biological Methods • Disadvantages of Biological Methods • Irrigation • Fallowing • Cultivation • Pasture renovation • Managing pasture after drought • Managing pasture after fire Find out more at http://www.acsedu.co.uk/Courses/Agriculture/PASTURE-MANAGEMENTBAG212-235.aspx Or email us at [email protected] for more information

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