Grain & Graze is a national initiative which is a partnership between four of Australia’s major Research and Development Corporation’s (RDC’s) – Meat and Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation Ltd, Grains Research and Development Corporation and Land & Water Australia. These RDC’s have combined their expertise and resources to form a program that is committed to an integrated approach to addressing profit, environmental and social issues impacting on mixed farming systems.
It is the largest research and extension program of its type to offer southern Australia’s mixed farmers the opportunity to significantly increase their profitability while better managing natural resources including water, soil and biodiversity.
The project funds nine regional projects. One of which is based in the Northern Agricultural Region of Western Australia. The aim of the (NAR) Grain and Graze project is to maximize farm profitability through the successful integration of perennials pastures into the whole year feed resource, complementing grain and annual pasture production.
The NAR Grain and Graze project is a partnership between the Liebe Group, Evergreen Farming, Mingenew-Irwin Group, the Shire of Victoria Plains, the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) and Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC).
The Liebe Group is located in the low to medium rainfall zone of the WA wheatbelt. In the past there has been limited trialing of perennials pastures in this area. However perennial fodder shrubs such as Saltbush have proven to grow successfully on salt affected land. Due to the uncertain reliability of perennial pastures and the dominance of cropping enterprises in the Liebe region the project is locally focused on better matching total feed supply with livestock demand so as to better manage the whole farm feed resource.
The Liebe Group is targeting various aspects of this issue by addressing: the autumn feed gap, managing herbicide resistance in a cropping phase, conserving feed for low production times (summer/autumn), managing stock as to increase numbers when there is increased pasture growth and reducing stock numbers when feed stocks are low.
Before many of these avenues could be explored and implemented an overview of the feed resources growers in this region currently have available and how these are being utilized needed to be determined. Five local growers are involved in the project as case study farmers. These growers have and will keep detailed records of stock movements over the entire life of the project (ended July 2008).
If you would like to know more information about this project please contact us on (08) 9661 0570.
View results trial results from the 2006 season:
- GRAIN & GRAZE WHOLE FARM FEED SUPPLY GRAZING DAYS/SEASON/PASTURE TYPE 2006
- GRAIN & GRAZE, QUANTITY AND QUALITY PERENNIAL GRASS TRIAL, BUNTINE 2006
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