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Keen interest in planning for ground cover

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Sustainable Industries

At a recent workshop participants looked at their ‘fodder chains’ and how they could be improved to fill the summer feed gap and keep ground cover for longer to protect fragile soils from wind erosion.

This workshop is part of a range of activity Wheatbelt NRM are delivering looking at optimising opportunities for mixed farmers to grow ground cover for soil health and livestock outcomes.

Held in Beverley, the workshop looked specifically at some of the landscape characteristics of the western Wheatbelt including rocky outcrops, slopes and gullies, which present challenges in regard to productivity.

Armed with their own farm maps, the 20 attendees looked at their own landscape challenges and workshopped solutions.

Phil Barret Lennard form Agvivo outlined a range of management tools including confinement feeding and a broad range of fodder species that could play a part.

Attendees commented that the workshop would encourage them to look at their less profitable land to turn it into something more useful and they would go home and start planning and applying the techniques to benefit their own situation.

If you are interested in learning more about this and other opportunities in sustainable agriculture please contact Jacquie Lucas on 9670 3113 or jlucas@wheatbeltnrm.org.au.

This Wheatbelt NRM project is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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