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Establishing blocks of diverse forage shrubs
Many farms in the Mallee contain soils that do not grow productive crops or pastures. With investment in shrubs and fencing, and a preparedness to rotationally graze, block plantings of diverse shrubs can be successfully established and used.
- The nutritional needs of grazing livestock vary significantly over time, both within the year and between years.
- Providing livestock with a forage mix comprised of different shrubs, each with their own unique combination of nutrients and minerals, increases the chance of fulfilling nutritional requirements and reduces the need for feed supplements.
- Good grazing management is essential to ensure most palatable species are not grazed out first.
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Download the following fact sheets to learn more information about establishment, management, and control of shrubs.