Growing profit from the ground up

Shrubs provide profitable option on marginal land

Farmer: Greg Richards
Location: Quairading, Western Australia
Property size: 4000ha
Average annual rainfall: 300–350mm
Soil types: Variable from valley floors to sand plains
Enterprise mix: Self-replacing Merinos, prime lambs, cropping

Trialling the addition of perennial forage shrubs to an annual pasture feed base has yielded production benefits on marginal land for Greg Richards, Quairading, Western Australia.

Quairading farmer Greg Richards, WA, pictured with Samantha Bickell (University of WA), was encouraged by the results of an Enrich project on his farm. (Photo: Dean Revell)

Quairading farmer Greg Richards, WA, pictured with Samantha Bickell (University of WA), was encouraged by the results of an Enrich project on his farm. (Photo: Dean Revell)

Key points

  • Perennial shrubs can provide valuable additional green feed during the typical dry time in autumn.
  • A combination of forage shrubs and inter-row annual pastures can increase sheep live weight gain.
  • Adding perennial shrubs is a profitable option on marginal land where cropping is risky.

Click here to download the Richards case study

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