Grazing land, perrenial pastures, pastures, salt bush, land management, salinity
Summary The analyses in this report show that there could be significant economic benefits to the state, regions and affected farm businesses from establishing improved saltland pasture systems on moderately salt-affected land. The report clearly describes the methods of analysis and the assumptions about prices, productivity and adoption levels. The price of grain has been used as the key factor controlling the economic value of the saltland grazing because grain is the alternative supplementary feed for sheep over the summer and autumn period. Therefore, where yield is below break-even on moderately salt-affected land, it has a higher economic value and is more profitable when converted into productive pastures rather than used for cropping.
Hardy, J, and Ryder, A. (2013), Benefits and costs of saltland pastures on moderately salt-affected land. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia. Report 374, 33p.