Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Fodder plants, Fodder crops, Grazing systems, Grassland management, Sheep farming, Wool production, Animal nutrition, Western Australia

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Over the last 20 years the Department of Agriculture has focused on finding plant species that can grow on salt/and to produce sheep feed, and on techniques for establishing plantations of saltbushes. Some research has been in response to farmer reports of success in using revegetated salt/and to provide autumn forage, while other work has resulted from the apparent importance of saltbushes in rangeland areas.

Objective measurements of wool production have been taken only recently. Three years research at Katanning indicates that while saltbush material is selected and eaten by sheep, its value for wool production is not high. It appears that saltbush cannot act as a genuine supplement to dry pastures, as BRIAN WARREN, TESS CASSON and ED BARRETT-LENNARD explain.