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