Grazing management is effective in managing populations of some pasture pests. Examples include:
- red legged earth mite
- lucerne flea
- slugs and snails
Appropriate grazing of pastures can have flow on benefits to subsequent crops in the rotation.
However, very short pastures (2-3 cm) caused by heavy grazing or hay cutting will be attractive to the egg-laying female beetles of the black headed cockchafer.
Crop establishment in paddocks following pastures that were intensively grazed in spring will be potentially less reliant on seed dressings and foliar insecticides. It is still important that these paddocks be monitored closely for establishment pests, particularly for highly susceptible crops like canola.
R. East & R. Pottinger (1983) Use of grazing animals to control insect pests of pasture. New Zealand Entomologist 7(4):352-359