There are about 1000 native grass species in Australia and the agronomic and environmental benefits of these are sometimes underrated. Studies have found that in some situations native grasses have both environmental value and agronomic characteristics such as dry matter production, potential to respond to summer rain events, persistence and nutritive value similar to introduced species.
This guide summarises the findings from a series of field and glasshouse experiments conducted by the department in central and western Victoria. It aims to assist Victorian farmers to manage their native pasture for increased productivity and profitability while maintaining and improving environmental sustainability and resilience. The information may also be applicable to native pastures in similar soil and climate conditions across southern Australia.