Ideas for tackling salinity on your farm.

Saltbush Trials

The NSW Department of Primary Industries is investigating a novel way to integrate saltbush into mixed farming systems to help lift productivity and profitability across the NSW wheat-belt on the southern, central and northern slopes and plains.

A trial at the Condobolin Agricultural Research and Advisory Station aims to explore the . . . → Read More: Ideas for tackling salinity on your farm.

Case Study - saltbush for fodder

A pioneer of grazeable shrubs in New Zealand was a farmer I worked with in North Canterbury called Marty McLean.

He and his wife Ailsa ran a small sheep grazing property near Hawarden and were interested in alternative grasses and shrubs to combat the seasonal dryness that was a feature of the local . . . → Read More: Case Study – saltbush for fodder

Planting saltbush for salinity management and fodder

Saltbush is often considered for saline sites because it tolerates high salinity levels, however, there are several other factors that need to be considered.

Saltbush does not tolerate extended periods of waterlogging or being planted in frost prone areas.

Saltbush is not tolerant of acid soils as aluminium (Al) becomes available, which is . . . → Read More: Planting saltbush for salinity management and fodder

Fodder For Sheep Part 2 (Hay and Straw)

Hay

Hay is the product from a cut and dried pasture or crop. It can be made into large round bales, or small, medium or large square bales. Large round bales are the most popular, being the cheapest to make and safest to store in the open,uncovered. Hay is usually baled, but if required . . . → Read More: Fodder For Sheep Part 2 (Hay and Straw)

Fodder For Sheep Part 1 (Fodder Nutrition and Silage)

Hay Bales

KEY MESSAGES

Fodder is the term that is usually applied to conserved roughages, but it may also refer to standing green crops (“fodder crops”) or pastures.

Silage, hay and straw are the most familiar fodders, however hay-frozen pasture or crop and windrowed pasture can also be used as fodders. . . . → Read More: Fodder For Sheep Part 1 (Fodder Nutrition and Silage)

Fodder Assessment for Goats.

When you have established the feed requirements of your goats, you will need to determine the quality and quantity of forage and/or supplements required to fulfil these requirements and the availability and consistency of your forage supply. This article guides you through forage assessment, management and grazing strategies for temperate pastures and for rangelands.

Quality . . . → Read More: Fodder Assessment for Goats.