Saltbush to relieve feed pressure
Summer grazing for livestock at the WA College of Agriculture — Cunderdin will be bolstered by the recent planting of 10,000 Anameka saltbush seedlings by students.
The saltbush will support the already established Anameka plantings at the college, on slightly saline land which is unsuitable for cropping.
Assistant farm manager Leanne Grant-Williams hoped the extra plantings would provide a valuable feed resource between January to April when feed supplies were usually tight.
“We routinely graze the saltbush with both cattle and sheep in separate mobs and this grazing has reduced the pressure on our existing dry feed,” Ms GrantWilliams said.
“The college has chosen to plant Anameka saltbush due to its superior digestibility, higher organic matter and lower levels of salt.
“Anameka produces eight times more biomass than other varieties of saltbush, and sheep have a high preference for grazing Anameka than other saltbush varieties found across the Wheatbelt.”
As part of their Year 12 curriculum, the students have been learning about the benefits of Anameka saltbush.
This included a visit from Chatfield’s Nursery owners Dustin and Lisa McCreery.
The students helped to select the planting site, which borders the Mortlock River system.
Year 12 student Lachlan Sims with the planted saltbush.