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Guide helps to ID pastures in the Pilbara

[August 2014]

A Pasture Identification Guide has been produced to assist Pilbara Pastoralists to manage their grazing pastures.

‘Pasture Identification: A field guide for the Pilbara’ was produced as part of the Pilbara Corridors project, to be used in conjunction with the recent hands-on workshops.

Written by Western Australia’s arid shrubland plant guru Andrew Mitchell and Mary-Anne Clunies-Ross, the guide assists in the identification of different types of native pasture species readily grazed by their cattle such as various herbs, grasses and shrubs.

From the 12-16 April 2014, a series of workshops were delivered by Andrew Mitchell and Pilbara Corridors in conjunction with this field guide. The Pilbara Corridors team and DAFWA travelled from the West to the Eastern Pilbara delivering these free, one day workshops at Yarraloola, Mulga Downs and Ethel Creek.

These workshops aimed to help pastoralists further identify native pasture species such as herbs, grasses and shrubs, the main families and their genera in the Pilbara and specific indicator species related to the Rangeland Condition Monitoring.

Around forty people attended the workshops, with the majority of these people representing 15 different cattle stations with some pastoralists travelling from southern catchments to attend.

The Pilbara Corridors Project is a partnership between Rangelands NRM, Greening Australia and the Department of Parks and Wildlife funded by the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund.

Pasture Identification: A field guide for the Pilbara, can be downloaded from the Pilbara Corridors website or copies can be obtained from Program Manager (Pilbara Corridors) Ian Cotton.