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Establishing Perennial Shrubs for Pasture

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So, this is some of the ground that we’ve got here now that’s got some of the scalding that was becoming when we were sowing in cereals, just no establishment of the cereal crops at all. So, we’re returning this area back to grasses and perennial shrubs. For plants that are only 12 months old, we’re very pleased with the results we’ve had.

When we established the perennial shrubs the ground was pre ripped, single fired ripped before and then after we had had some following up rains to reconsolidate the soil. The plants are all tube stock and were planted with a tree planter.

We’ve had a very successful establishment with these plants on this site because I think you need to have your ground damp beforehand, obviously, but the fact that we were able to select five species that were already on our enrich site  from before have given us a good success rate.

Results from Sites Enriched with Perennials

The results we’ve gained from our enrich sites, which have been established for three years now has given us the benefit the most palatable plants that are available. How they’ve rejuvenated after a heavy grazing . Of the five types of perennials that we’ve chosen some of them are taller ones and some of them are the low ground creeping ones like this one here is a creeping salt bush or semibaccata and that’s for the cell to be very palatable for livestock and rejuvenates very quickly.

Different Species of Perennials

This species here is a Eyres green it’s  a derivative of the Old Man’s Saltbush and for something that’s only twelve months old it’s one of the taller ones that’s really got a good growth establishment. Inside some of this scalding ground that’s some of the most severe ground on this site. Another variety that we’ve got here is which stand up tall is this river salt bush.

We’re finding that one very good. That’s probably a little bit more palatable than the old man salt bush that we were looking at earlier. This one here is a ruby salt bush. Doesn’t grow as bulky as some of the other ones, but it just seems to offer that bit of a mix of palatability in amongst the plants and it rejuvenates and sets seeds quite prolifically.

Ian Ellery, on the family property at Morchard in the Upper North of South Australia, explains how returning unproductive cereal cropping land has been assisted by trial work conducted through the ENRICH program.

This program assessed a range of perennial fodder shrub species from which the five best were selected for larger scale evaluation. This project is supported by Upper North Farming Systems, through funding from the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country, Eyre Peninsula NRM Board and Rural Solutions SA.

View the following videos in this series on establishing perennial shrubs for pasture and cell grazing in the low rainfall climate of the Upper North of South Australia:
Perennial shrubs for low rainfall farming.
Cell grazing explained
Cell grazing — benefits and challenges
Biodiversity in low rainfall grazing systems of South Australia

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