Grazing livestock in the MLR - preventing soil erosion

Cows in mud

When establishing or renovating pasture or fodder crops, take care to avoid erosion by wind and water. The following practices can help:

The guidelines below* should help you identify suitable levels of ground cover to reduce the risk of erosion.

Wind erosion

Water erosion

These levels will not prevent erosion occurring during intense rainfall or very windy conditions; but they will provide soil protection under most conditions if paddocks have adequate cover.

To prevent soil erosion, remove stock from the paddocks and either place in containment areas, agist off-farm, or sell.

More information

We have developed a range of factsheets about grazing livestock in the Mount Lofty Ranges to assist you with good land management. See the related links below.

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