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9 Examples of Increased Profit with Australian Native Grass Pastures

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I am assuming you are on this blog because you are interested in how to use and work with Native grass pastures either for sustainability, drought tolerance and year round feed. Maybe your interest is erosion control, how to build soil structure and health, increasing carbon storage through the deep perennial roots, or maybe it’s to assist in the prevention of laminitis if you have horses and other animals prone to this sometimes fatal disease.

Are you farming on brittle land with limited water resources and income for fertiliser and sowing of annual crops and superphosphate?

Are Native Grasses the quiet achievers?

Anyone who works on the earth has seen first hand the impact of increased temperatures and decreased rainfall on their pastures. There is an increasing interest in how to manage Australian native grass pastures by Holistic management, intensive close cell grazing, moving fencelines, smaller paddocks, and long rest periods between grazing.  Many people are now looking to people like Col Seiss Winner of  National  Landcare Champion of the Year 2014 and watching Alan Savory on Ted talks and Joel Salatin.

I learnt at the Murrumbateman Field days recently that properties with native grass pastures are now attracting a premium because they are drought tolerant and providing food throughout the year. That is a huge shift in thinking, but it’s not mainstream as yet.

Here are some interesting examples courtesy of Dr Meredith Mitchell at Rutherglen DPI.

Native pastures prove their value with Chris Mirams at Woomargama
Case study of increasing value of native pastures through management Ian Locke
Implementing whole farm strategies at holbrook with john keogh
Grazing management makes the difference by Judy and Chris from Griffiths Wangaratta

Paddock subdivision allows more strategic grazing by terry Hubbard from the Three sisters
Case of study with Janet and Stuart Morant from Tallangatta valley in Victoria

Research:

Higher stocking rates but lower animal performance on native pasture rotational grazing systems
Integration of native and improved pasture systems increases profit
Native pastures can be utilised profitably in ewe based systems

Australian native pasture seed online booklet

 For more info download this FREE  Australian native pasture seed online booklet from the pastures page of our website. 

 

Wallaby grass pasture ( Rytidosperma orAustrodanthonia sp)

Wallaby grass pasture ( Rytidosperma orAustrodanthonia sp)

 

Landscape Outlook

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There is such a wide array of grass species available for landscaping and turf why even consider Australian native grasses? They’re all just clumps anyway! I’’m busy –- it’s all too hard!.

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Sowing native pastures

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After a relatively brief courtship with exotic grasses, there is a renewed interest in establishing Australian native grasses for pasture,conservation, rehabilitation, amenity and even for human consumption.

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Mitchell grass – Secrets unlocked

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Mitchell grass has deep root systems
Mitchell grass is a native perennial pasture that dominates 328,000 square kilometres of inland Queensland. It is also a significant pasture on the Barkly Tableland, NT, north-eastern South Australia, and in northern New South Wales. It is significant for the pastoral livestock industries as it provides a nutritious, bulk feed year-round.

Cropping with Windmill Grass

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Windmill grass is a hardy and well-adapted native grass. It is a C4 weak perennial grass growing actively over summer and generally dormant over winter. This means it can produce feed for grazing stock and should not compete with winter growing crops. However, in the drier and warmer regions of NSW dedicated crop farmers without livestock are finding this grass is behaving differently…

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Green Grass of Home

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Back in 1895, botanist Frederick Turner identified more than a dozen native grass species which could be successfully grown here as cereal crops…

ECOS Article – Forgotten Treasures

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As pastures and lawns wither in the grip of the extended drought, native grasses, maligned by pastoralists since colonial times, are showing their remarkable pedigree and potential for Australian conditions.Researcher and businessman Ian Chivers is championing their strong credentials for both suburban and rural applications.

When emotion beats science

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Revegetation of mines, roadsides, riverbanks and other degraded sites using native grasses is reliant upon a combination of good planting or sowing material, appropriate environmental condition and the most up-to-date science to guide the restoration efforts…

Triple R radio interview with Ian Chivers

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Ian talks with the hosts of Triple R about the benefits of using native grasses as opposed to introduced grasses…

Australian Life Scientists article – How green is our valley?

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Australia’s much maligned native grasses have come in for a make-over in recent years. And as Graeme O’Neill reports, they needn’t weep anymore. Native grass expert Ian Chivers was harvesting kangaroo grass in a droughted paddock in Craigieburn, in Melbourne’s semi-rural north in 1988 – the year of Australia’s bicentennial – when a patch of verdant green among nearby rocks caught his eye.