Nutrient Management in Grazed Pasture Systems

An advanced, integrated study of the environmental and management factors influencing the cycling of nutrients in grazed pasture production systems. Contemporary production systems are analysed and strategies devised to maximise the efficiency of nutrient use (including fertiliser recommendations) in pasture and supplementary feed production and animal nutrition. Financial risks associated with farm management strategies that minimise environmental risk are assessed.

Course code

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The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Agriculture and Horticulture

Course planning information

Course notes

Complete all extramural assignments and attend 3 day Contact Workshop. Obtain a minimum of a C grade (>50%) aggregate of all forms of assessment.

General progression requirements

You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Investigate and critically evaluate farm operations and published information on the physical, biological and human resources of pastoral production systems in New Zealand in order to develop farm management options that maximise efficient nutrient use on the farm and improve the farm’s environmental and financial sustainability.
  • 2 Demonstrate a working knowledge of the pathways of nutrient cycling in pastoral systems and how they are influenced by seasonal climate change, soil properties and topography and soil and water management.
  • 3 Demonstrate a working knowledge of the pathways of nutrient cycling in pastoral systems and how they are influenced by choice of pasture species, grazing animal, grazing management, management of animal nutrition and the management of animal wastes and their impact on soil and water quality.
  • 4 Demonstrate a working knowledge of the financial and social opportunities and risks associated with pastoral farming practice and with changes in land use, or farm management, that may be implemented to improve environmental sustainability.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 2 3 5%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 5%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 5%
Test 1 2 3 30%
Written Assignment 1 3 17%
Written Assignment 1 3 16%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 17%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

There are no set texts for this course.