Through property planning, you can tailor the management of each paddock precisely to the land type.
With planning, areas such as watering points, fence lines and gate locations can be placed to avoid areas prone to erosion and minimise tracking damage by stock.
Property planning helps when making decisions for the best placement of improvements such as:
All of these improvements can contribute to increased productivity, easier and more efficient management, higher property values, and better aesthetics.
Things to consider when improving your property layout are:
- Using an aerial photo to illustrate and consider your plans
- Fencing to land class
- Siting watering points on hard sites (e.g. a gravel pad) at central locations in paddocks
- Establishing smaller paddocks to control grazing management and maximise pasture use
- Fencing watercourses, native vegetation, landslips and erosion prone soils, and areas susceptible to water logging
- Establishing well-sited shelterbelts and wind breaks
- Incorporating raceways to encourage stock movement away from areas such as native vegetation, revegetation, watercourses and dams
- Identify special use areas (such as feed lots, drought lots, feed out yards and animal husbandry enclosures) and site these appropriately
We have developed a range of factsheets about grazing livestock in the Mount Lofty Ranges to assist you with good land management. See the links related below.
- Grazing livestock in the Mount Lofty Ranges – overview (fact sheet)
- Grazing livestock in the MLR - preventing soil erosion (fact sheet)
- Grazing livestock in the MLR – stocking rates (fact sheet)
- Grazing livestock in the MLR – water (fact sheet)
- Grazing livestock in the MLR – pasture and grazing management (fact sheet)