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ning a “quar­ter-acre” sprin­kler trial, which has so far de­liv­ered pos­i­tive re­sults grow­ing healthy yields of nu­tri­tious grasses suit­able for cat­tle con­di­tion­ing.

“I would like to get some sup­port on the in­vest­ment, con­sid­er­ing the State Govern­ment has poured $300 mil­lion into the Wa­ter for Food ini­tia­tive, and most of that has gone into the Kim­ber­ley, where they have paid for com­plete cen­trepivot sys­tems,” Mr Dow­den said.

“I would have hoped that would mean we would get at least a small amount of sup­port. We have got the money to do it our­selves any­way but the fact is that we’re the crash-test dum­mies and oth­ers are go­ing to pig­gy­back on our learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, so it would be nice to get some sup­port.”

Pic­tures: Rueben Hale

Pas­toral­ists, ir­ri­ga­tion tech­ni­cal ex­perts, govern­ment of­fi­cials and other in­ter­ested par­ties at­tended the South­ern Range­lands NRM Ir­ri­ga­tion in­for­ma­tion day in Mt Mag­net last Thurs­day.

Pic­ture: Rueben Hale

Karel Eringa.

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