Growing profit from the ground up

Layout impacts on shrub-based benefits

Farmers: Bruce and Roz Maynard
Location: Narromine, NSW
Property size: 1470ha
Mean Annual Rainfall: 510mm
Soils: Red earths, red-brown earths, grey cracking clays
Enterprises: Meat sheep, beef cattle and cropping

Bruce Maynard has been planting forage shrubs for more than 25 years. Originally he planted shrubs to increase the feed supply, particularly during dry times. Since then Bruce has modified the density, species mix and planting layouts to gain a range of further benefits including shelter, shading, wind-flow reduction and a greater recycling of deep soil nutrients.

A straight alley layout allows for complementary pasture production, but encourages a wind tunnelling effect between the alleys according to Bruce Maynard (pictured) (Photo: Bruce Maynard)

A straight alley layout allows for complementary pasture production, but encourages a wind
tunnelling effect between the alleys according to Bruce Maynard (pictured) (Photo: Bruce Maynard)

Key points

  • Perennial shrubs can be planted in blocks or alley configurations.
  • Perennial shrubs need a long rest period and a short grazing period.
  • Sheep grazing preferences change as they become more familiar with the different shrub species.

Click here to download the Maynard case study (PDF 862KB)

Note: This case study was developed as part of the Enrich project under the former Future Farm Industries CRC.