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Enrich Mixed Forage System

Enrich Mixed Forage System

Pingelly, Western Australia

  • Author: SWCC
  • Date Posted: Aug 28, 2014
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  • Address: Pingelly, Western Australia

Project Details

Project Delivery: Individual landholder

Contact: Danielle Short (Narrogin). Ph: 9881 0202. Email: danielle.short@swccnrm.org.au

Website: SWCC Sustainable Agriculture

Start Date:  June 2014                     End Date: December 2017

Site ID:  IN11

Size Are Ha: 242 (Farm size is 1,200ha approx)

Map of planned plantings

Map of planned plantings

 Project Aim

Previous research through Future Farm Industries CRC suggests that the benefits of adopting a mixed forage system of perennial shrubs and inter-row pastures (Enrich) over 10-15% of the property include:

  • improved whole-farm profit;
  • a predictable feed supply in the autumn ‘feed gap’;
  • flexibility to defer the winter grazing  of annual-based pastures;
  • reduced supplementary feeding costs;
  • gut parasite control;
  • improved management of dryland salinity;

Participating farmer Garry Page (2014):

We used to have a block 12km away and would walk sheep up and back and observe what they ate. You could see they were deficient in something, stripping shrubs and fighting over them. In the mid 80’s we started to fence off salt areas and plant old man saltbush etc. We pulsed grazed it and increased lambing rates. Then the Enrich program came along and I meet Phil Vercoe and Dean Revell, and saw their work identifying forage shrub species. I could have spent my whole life trying to find the plants that give you maximum benefit. That work’s done now – Garry Page, participating farmer.

Click on the video below from 2015 to hear the background and some benefits of Enrich from researcher Dean Revell, and more from participating farmer Garry Page.

Methodology

The demonstration farm has 242ha of non arable land, about 20% of the 1,200ha property. Of this, 80ha will be planted to the Enrich system, including renovation of existing shublands, to have 10% of the property under the Enrich system.

Species to be planted are:

  • Atriplex nummularia cv Eyres Green (Old man saltbush)l
  • A. nummularia cv Anameeka (Old man saltbush)
  • A. rhagodiodes (River Murray saltbush)
  • A. amnicola (River saltbush)
  • Chenopodium nitrarciaceum (Nitre goosefoot)
  • Rhagodia preissi
  • R. spinescens (Thorny saltbush)
  • R. candolleana
  • Maireana georgii (Satiny bluebush)
  • Enchylaena tomentosa (Ruby saltbush)
  • Eremophila glabra (Tar bush)
  • Chamaecytisus prolifer (Tagasaste)

You can find out about some of these species in the Enrich Booklets (click here).

2015 Media release

 

This project is supported by Revell Science and the University of Western Australia.

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