A guide to successfully using shrub–pasture mixes for grazing livestock
Written by Jason Emms and Dean Revell
This publication draws on a decade of work from the former Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FFI CRC) Enrich project and local work instigated by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA).
The national Enrich research project developed more productive shrubbased grazing systems, particularly in low-to-medium rainfall zones, through employing a mix of Australian
native species along with grazing management approaches based on animal nutrition and behaviour.
The results from Enrich are contained in two booklets: Perennial forage shrubs providing profitable and sustainable grazing: Key practical findings from the Enrich project and Perennial forage shrubs — from principles to practice for Australian farms. These booklets contain details of the species selection process, basic information on the forage traits of all 101 species tested during the project, detailed results of the most promising species, including their productivity and nutritive value along with management techniques to successfully utilise forage shrub systems. Both booklets can be downloaded from the Pasture Improvement Initiative website: http://pastureimprovementinitiative.com.au/
This publication forms a companion to these earlier works, providing practical instruction guidelines on all aspects of planning, establishing and using shrub-based grazing systems. It has an emphasis on the Victorian Mallee region, but will be equally useful for landholders wishing to implement shrub-based systems throughout southern Australia.