Archive for category: Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator

Refresh on saltland management

With the Western Australian Government taking a fresh look at saltland management, it is worth revisiting some of the existing management options that provide returns for farmers and the environment. A seven-year study published by the WA Department of Agriculture and Food in 2012 reported that “establishing saltbush-based systems...

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Free nitrogen from high rainfall pasture legumes

Free nitrogen from high rainfall pasture legumes

Legumes are typically seen as a free source of nitrogen. Research suggests that an optimally performing legume can provide about 25 kilograms of nitrogen for every tonne of dry matter grown per hectare, released slowly over three years. Adequate performance is indicated by a legume root system covered with...

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Producers highlight the value of autumn deferral

Producers highlight the value of autumn deferral

Recent interviews with livestock producers have highlighted the importance placed on deferred grazing in autumn. The aim of autumn deferral is to concentrate stock into one or more ‘sacrificial’ paddocks and providing them with supplementary feed so pasture in the remaining paddocks can properly establish before being grazed. In...

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Livestock producers meet their match (Outcomes and videos from Grazing Matcher 2018)

Livestock producers meet their match (Outcomes and videos from Grazing Matcher 2018)

A year-long extension program supported by South West Catchments Council has helped 12 livestock entities implement changes to increase pasture production, improve fodder conservation and make cost-effective supplementary feed purchases. The Grazing Matcher Program, facilitated by agricultural advisors Jeisane Accioly-McIllree, Dan Parnell and Martin Staines, helped producers fine-tune or...

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Pasture soil constraints exposed

If only growing beef pasture was as simple as sowing ryegrass and clover, adding fertiliser and waiting for rain. Success is not so simple when you consider that the soil has the power to repel water, restrict root growth, refuse to hold nutrients and render nitrogen-fixing legumes impotent. Soil...

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Pollinating a new approach to productivity

While no farmer likes to see their land degraded, the cost of revegetating can sometimes outweigh productivity benefits. But a new project launched by the South West Catchments Council (SWCC) is aiming to tilt the cost/benefit ratio in the farmer’s favour. SWCC program manager Dr Mike Christensen said the...

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Rotational grazing plan for beef farmers

Rotational grazing plan for beef farmers

Profitability for most livestock enterprises is strongly linked to pasture growth and utilisation. Yet one of the key tools for maximizing growth is under-utilised in Western Australia. While pasture growth is heavily influenced by nutrient availability, farm consultant Martin Staines says grazing management is just as important, and one...

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