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Establish shrubs in low density blocks or alleys with pasture grown in-between
Where farmers are primarily interested in improving the resilience of the livestock feedbase, and are prepared to rotate stock through shrub-pasture plantings, they should consider establishing mixtures of diverse shrubs and pasture.
- Under-storey pastures provide the bulk of the feed on offer, with shrubs providing a complementary source of crude protein and minerals.
- These plantings can not only improve farm productivity and drought resilience, but also improve salinity, erosion and biodiversity outcomes.
- The optimal design is likely to be double or triple rows of diverse shrubs separated by alleys that support grazing cereals or sown pastures.
- Grazing management is paramount – diverse shrub and pasture mixes need to be grazed at high intensity with stock rotated frequently to ensure all feeds are utilised and no particular species is overgrazed.
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