Project Delivery: Wheatbelt NRM, Facey Grower Group
Contact: Fiona Brayshaw
Ph: 9670 3100
Website: Wheatbelt NRM Website
Start Date: 2016 End Date: 2017
Site ID: SA00671SA1
Area (Ha): 2.3 ha
As rainfall becomes less predictable and agricultural input costs increase, landowners in the Facey grower group region (around Wickepin) have identified a need for drought tolerant summer grazing options rather than traditional options more suited to higher rainfall zones. Having a reliable feed source during summer and autumn has the potential to reduce the need for hand feeding resulting in less expense, time and labor requirements by landowners and can stabilize the soils during summer months.
Members of the Facey grower group have identified Tedera as a potential option to fill the summer feed gap for livestock. Tedera (Bituminaria bituminosa var. albomarginata) is a perennial forage legume with drought tolerant qualities which is relatively new to WA and is not commonly used in the Wickepin/Facey Group region. Extensive field trials during 2005-2008 identified Tedera as one of the most productive and persistent species in southern Australia, mainly due to its retention of green leaves and drought tolerance compared with the industry standard perennial legume, Lucerne (Mayfield 2011).
This trial will determine if Tedera is a suitable and productive pasture in the region by monitoring its establishment and production compared to more commonly used annual pastures.
Project outputs will be added once the trial has been completed.