Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder
Contact: Jo Wheeler
Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website
Start Date: 2015 End Date: 2017
Site ID: SA000359SA1
Area (Ha): 5
The trial aims to show that combining profit with NRM can be achieved. That marginal land can be used for high-value stud livestock and that grazing pregnant ewes in forage systems can produce more adapted animals.
A 5 ha trial will be established along a valley floor that already had some revegetation and forage plantings. The trial aims to show that introducing high value forage shrubs (eg Anameka and other ENRICH species) into areas with older forage shrub plantings can improve the overall productivity of the whole paddock. This will be compared against paddocks being grazed with unimproved pasture and cropping residue.
This trial aims to build on the finding of the Enrich Project that was finding that early life exposure (in-utero and/or lactation feeding) can affect how well animals perform on shrubs later in life (Perennial forage shrubs – from principles to practice for Australian farms). Enrich also found that fleece weight of offspring was increased by about 10% for at least 2 years after the pregnant ewes grazed a saltbush-based forage system (Revell pers.comms).
Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.