About Us

The Mid North Grasslands Working Group (MNGWG) was established in 1999 to provide farmers with practical information and support on the management of native pastures for increased productivity and biodiversity.

The group consists of more than 300 farmers throughout the Mid and Upper North of South Australia as well as government and non-government representatives. Technical and scientific advice is provided by National Parks and Wildlife SA and the Grassy Ecosystems Technical Advisory Group (GETAG).

With funding from the Natural Heritage Trust, the MNWG has carried out a three-year grazing trial on eight farms in the Mid North. The aim of the project was to:

  • Demonstrate that appropriate grazing management can allow native pastures to be grazed for production and result in improved conservation of native grasslands.
  • To establish grazing demonstration sites on seven farms in the Mid North
    of SA
  • To establish a scientific site on a commercial farm in the Mid North of SA to determine the effects of different grazing strategies on vegetation dynamics
    in pastures.

Through the subdivision of large paddocks and the introduction of rotational grazing, there has been an increase in the amount of native perennial grasses, the level of ground cover and pasture productivity. At some sites, annual stocking rates have increased from 2.5 Dry Sheep Equivalents (DSE) per hectare up to 7DSE/ha.

From the project results, the MNGWG will produce a range of native pasture management guidelines. But it is important to remember that there are not fixed recipes for managing pastures – in fact diversity of management is important, particularly for biodiversity conservation. The management of each native pasture will depend on a wide range of factors, including the type of pasture, climatic conditions, seasons, and the aims of the individual producer.