Original Articles

Pasture‐use patterns on dairy and beef farms in the natal midlands

DOI: 10.1080/02566702.1984.9647988
Author(s): C.A.H. Heard,, N.M. TaintonDepartment of Grassland Science,, P.J. EdwardsLate of Department of Agriculture (Natal Region),


Pasture sites for each of the species grown are classified for both dryland and irrigated pastures in the Natal Midlands. Only six species viz. kikuyu, Italian ryegrass, Eragrostis curvula, Festuca arundinacea (tall fescue), Dactylis glomerata (cocksfoot) and Trifolium repens (white clover) are widely used. Italian ryegrass pastures are grown almost exclusively under irrigation; clover is more widely used than is generally appreciated; a reasonably large proportion of E. curvula, cocksfoot and tall fescue pastures have a longevity in excess of 10 years; and the siting of pastures appears to be primarily a function of availability of suitable land and is Largely independent of soil type and aspect. Pastures are largely sited on high potential arable land, with little apparent trend towards intensification of steep non‐arable sites.

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