Falkland Islands pasture plant guide

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In the Falkland Islands, pasture improvement either by introduction of bred and improved varieties of grasses, legumes and other potential forage plants or by better, sustainable utilisation of indigenous pastures is key to improving farm outputs.

General pasture management on the farm and pasture improvement programmes

Both require knowledge of the basic resource – the pasture species themselves. This knowledge needs to be based on the best and most reliable information available and presented in a form that the pasture manager can readily use and find helpful to improve the output and quality from pastures.

What's included in the guide?

This pasture guide (see below) describes some native and introduced species which can commonly be found in pastures in the Falkland Islands. Identification of some of these, particularly grasses, may not be easy, especially when they are in their earlier growth stages and when accurate identification would help appropriate pasture management i.e. maximising the sustainable contribution of productive grasses and the seasonal contribution they make to livestock nutrition.

This guide will also give a better understanding of the appearance, ecology and agricultural features of useful species. The information contained will help to enhance sustainable production from native grass camps and hence improve livestock production and profitability.

The United Kingdom Falkland Islands Trust  organised the production of this guide. Publication was funded by the Department of Agriculture (DoA), Falkland Islands and the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Northern Ireland, UK.

Falkland Islands Pasture Plant Guide