Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Evergreen Farming Inc., UWA Future Farm, Individual Landowner
Contact: Fiona Brayshaw
Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website
Start Date: 2014 End Date: 2017
Site ID: SA00018SA1
Area (Ha): 44.3 ha
To establish perennial pastures within a background of annual pastures in areas subject to enroaching salinity and poor soil structure.
The aim of the project is to establish demonstration trials of perennial pastures on mixed farm properties at two locations (Pingelly & Northam) which currently only use annual pastures for sheep production. The project will evaluate the success of establishing perennial pastures on paddocks that have previously used annual pastures with poor success as they are subject to encroaching salinity and poor soil structure.
It is hoped that maintaining year long active plant production will reduce erosion, build soil carbon, increase biological activity and soil health during summer months and provide feed for livestock year round.
The project will:
1) Demonstrate the comparative success of establishment of different perennial pasture species under each districts practice grazing.
2) Increase the knowledge of how to successfully establish perennial pastures compared to current annual pastures over 2 sites.
3) Demonstrate soil health changes under different pasture species.
4) Show the robustness of the perennial pasture system by running the trial over 2 locations.
Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.