Pasture Improvement Costs

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Pasture Improvement Costs

Hello All, We are interested in buying some acreage (10-15 acres) in the southern tablelands area, just outside the ACT. I grew up with performance horses and aim to have a few based on our intended new home. I'm sure we'll have lots of questions for the forum as we learn more about the process, but the first I'd like to throw out relates to the cost of pasture improvement. While I understand this is sort of a "How long is a piece of string?" question, can anyone provide generic guidance on how much we should expect to budget for soil testing, additional top soil and turnover, herbicides, seeding, etc. to bring the typical unimproved pasture profile of this area up to the standard needed for horses in medium work?

Last seen: 02/19/2019 - 18:14
Joined: 02/28/2011 - 14:19

Hi Nick,

Welcome to the small farms forum and thanks for the question.

An estimated cost to establish the improved pasture for horses would be approximately $400-$600 per ha, and will vary depending on the type of pasture and rate to be sown. Getting the weeds under control (particularly any grasses as you cant spray a grass weed out of a grass pasture) will be essential, which would require multiple sprays prior to planting. 

Before anything get a complete soil analysis done which will cost around $220 and will show which soil nutrients are limiting and need correcting.

You could look at using a turf type fescue or ryegrass, a cheaper alternative would be to use kikuyu which forms a strong mat and will stand up to horses hooves. This can be broadcast with fertiliser and rolled/watered in.

We sell a range of commercial soaker hoses which would be suitable for establishing the pasture
https://www.farmstyle.com.au/book/garden-soaker-hose-sumisoaker-25m

Hope this information helps.

Regards,
Charlie

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