Archive for category: Sustainable Agriculture

Sheep producers share their experiences with confinement feeding

Sheep producers share their experiences with confinement feeding

Sheep producers interested in confinement feeding were treated to a goldmine of information at the recent Rylington Park Annual Field Day when organisers engaged four farmers to talk about their experiences with the practice. We’ve put together a summary for three of the talks with a link to an...

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Salinity expansion still a risk despite reduced rainfall

Salinity expansion still a risk despite reduced rainfall

With decreasing rainfall, there has been an expectation that the area affected by dryland salinity has peaked. However, recent observations by farmers that salinity is expanding in many areas have been verified through groundwater monitoring by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), particularly where clearing of...

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Tagasaste lifting production on erosion-prone deep sands

Tagasaste lifting production on erosion-prone deep sands

With two early storms causing significant erosion in parts of Western Australia earlier this year, some producers may be looking at unproductive and uncovered sandy areas with increasing trepidation. It’s the type of situation that Woodanilling farmer John Pickford experienced in the 1990’s on an area with deep pale...

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Confinement feeding trial provides multiple benefits for beef producer

Confinement feeding trial provides multiple benefits for beef producer

While confinement feeding is considered most relevant to sheep production, a recent trial by beef producer Brodie Allen south of Vasse suggests the cattle industry could also benefit by improving early season pasture establishment, animal condition and feed usage. The practice involves confining stock in relatively small pens for...

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Dumbleyung alive with the sound of planting

Dumbleyung alive with the sound of planting

Music festivals took on a whole new meaning in Dumbleyung recently when 150 volunteers came from the city to plant 40,000 seedlings across five properties while listening to and playing music. The much-appreciated help came from Activate the Wheatbelt, a not-for-profit organisation that brings volunteers from Perth to the...

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Trial aims to avoid costly losses of nitrogen fertiliser

Trial aims to avoid costly losses of nitrogen fertiliser

Nothing frustrates beef and sheep producers like a late break-of-season. After months of supplementary feeding, the rain comes when temperatures are cold, slowing the break-down of organic soil nitrogen and pasture growth, and creating less than ideal conditions for grazing. In this situation nitrogen fertilisers are often used to...

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How well does your pasture meet livestock feed requirements?

How well does your pasture meet livestock feed requirements?

Supplementary feeding of livestock is a costly but necessary part of farming in Western Australia. To get the best return on supplement, farmers need to understand nutritional requirements for livestock and what components can be filled by pasture at different times of the year so they can fill seasonal...

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