In 1985, Martindale Pty Ltd, Sir James McCusker's family company, signed a unique research contract with Professor David Lindsay of the University of Western Australia. The aim of the Martindale Research Project was to study ways of increasing farm productivity in the sheep-wheat zone of south-western Australia. A primary focus was the high cost of grain or hay used to fill the autumn feed gap in grazing systems.
However, it was not clear how or if tagasaste might be economically used to replace the grain and/or hay traditionally fed by hand to sheep and cattle in autumn.
Oldham, Chris; Allen, Greg; Moore, Peter; and Mattinson, Bruce
"Animal production from tagasaste growing in deep sands in a 450 mm winter rainfall zone,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 32
, Article 5.
Available at: http://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol32/iss1/5