Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Individual Landholder
Contact: Fiona Brayshaw
Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website
Start Date: 2015 End Date: 2017
Site ID: SA00360SA1
Area (Ha): 67.2
This trial aims to:
- Demonstrate how to successfully establish mixed Rhagodia species and other high value, anthelmintic forage shrubs by monitoring plant survival rates in different locations across the Wheatbelt
- Demonstrate the effects of grazing anthelmintic forage shrubs in sheep by comparing parasitic worm egg counts of animals before and after the animals graze the trial paddock.
The extensive ENRICH project identified a number of native plant species that would be appropriate for livestock grazing and may have anthelmintic properties (Emms & Revell 2014). This project will extend the existing knowledge and information by testing the practicalities of establishment and use of a number of Rhagodia and other anthelmintic species to large scale plantings on various soil types, management systems and locations across the Avon Basin Region. The trial will occur on properties in Moorine Rock, Cunderdin and Bencubbin. Species being tested will be Rhagodia preissii pressii, Rhagodia parabolica, Rhagodia drummondii, Enchylaena tomentosa, which will be planted in sandy soils which is the preferred soil type for Rhagodia’s.
Emms, J., Revell, D. (2011) Perennial forage shrubs provide profitable and sustainable grazing: Key findings from the Enrich project. Future Farms CRC
Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.