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Evergreen Perennial Pasture Establishment

Evergreen Perennial Pasture Establishment

  • Author: Wheatbelt NRM
  • Date Posted: Jan 3, 2017
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Project Details

Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Evergreen Farming Inc., UWA Future Farm,  Individual Landowner

Contact: Fiona Brayshaw

Ph: 96703100

Email: fbrayshaw@wheatbeltnrm.org.au

 Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website

Start Date: 2014                       End Date: 2017

Site ID: SA00018SA1

Area (Ha): 44.3 ha

 

Project Aim

To establish perennial pastures within a background of annual pastures in areas subject to enroaching salinity and poor soil structure.

Project Description

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

Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.

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