Growing profit from the ground up

Perennial shrubs prove profitable option

Perennial forage shrubs could have significant potential for farmers in low-rainfall areas as researcher Jason Emms discussed with the Upper North Farming Systems Group. (Photo: Charlton Jeisman)

Perennial forage shrubs could have signifi cant potential for farmers in low-rainfall areas as researcher Jason Emms discussed with the Upper North Farming Systems Group. (Photo: Charlton Jeisman)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farmer: Ian Ellery
Location: Morchard, South Australia
Property size: 2500ha
Average annual rainfall: 320mm
Soils: Clay loam
Enterprises: Cereal cropping, self-replacing Merino flock

Results from an initial small-scale farm trial carried out by Ian Ellery, Morchard, Upper North, South Australia, indicate that perennial forage shrubs could provide an alternative grazing option in marginal country.

Key points

  • Perennial shrub grazing potential and palatability varies significantly between species.
  • 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 Ellery case study (PDF 1.3MB)

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