Property and Paddock Benchmarking

Ground cover statistics can be compared between paddocks or benchmarked against similar land in the region, to monitor changes over time.

Graziers analyse changes in ground cover on their property, derived from nearly 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data. Ground cover statistics can be compared between paddocks or benchmarked against similar land in the region, to monitor changes over time.

For each season, the program provides a representative estimate of the proportion of green, dry and bare ground in each pixel covering the selected paddock or property. It can also separate out areas of woody vegetation (persistent green) and then estimate ground cover on areas with less than 60% woody vegetation to represent areas available for grazing.

Other useful analytical features include the ability to create property maps that display an estimate of fractional ground cover every 16 days for recent months. This enables users to better understand pasture variability and utilisation within each paddock by tracking the progression of the current season to help make management decisions. Users can also compare, at a pixel level, current ground cover to long term ‘average cover’ for the same time period, to see if current levels are high or low compared to what is considered ‘normal’ for that time of year.

By combining paddock infrastructure, land type information, grazing circles and current land  condition, users can estimate current and potential long-term safe carrying capacity for each paddock and land type within a property. This can have significant management implications for current stocking rates, but also evaluating opportunities for graziers to purchase or lease more land.

  • Benchmarks changes in ground cover – visualise the impact of management changes on pasture availability
  • Compare groundcover of paddocks and property with chosen benchmark locations
  • Able to export to table or pdf report

We regularly monitor groundcover to see where pests are causing issues, and have then been able to see the benefits to groundcover levels from upgrading to exclusion fencing around problem areas.

James

WESTERN NSW GRAZIER