The balance between natural veld and/or cultivated pastures and the animals that depend on it is a very important part in any successful farm or natural area.
To optimize this balance, it is important to determine the potential of the pasture before stocking it with a certain number of animals.
This assessment will ensure that the correct number of animals is used to utilize the veld and/or pasture in such a way that both the pasture and animals remain stable or increase in production and quality.
This survey will determine the following:
- Condition of the soil,
- Condition of grass basal and crown cover,
- Grass species composition,
- Woody species composition,
- Volume of available vegetation for animals.
Each one of these factors are dynamic, and differ from one location to the other on the same farm.