The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - THE ROUND-UP -

of re­search by The Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia has found na­tive shrubs could be the new su­per­feed for live­stock.

A range of na­tive shrubs planted on UWA Farm Ridge­field, UWA’s 1600 hectare farm near Pin­gelly, has been the ba­sis of this on­go­ing re­search that con­tin­ues to un­cover the ben­e­fits of in­tro­duc­ing na­tive shrubs into a mixed pas­ture graz­ing sys­tem.

Pro­fes­sor Philip Ver­coe from UWA’s In­sti­tute of Agri­cul­ture and School of Agri­cul­ture and En­vi­ron­ment said mul­tidis­ci­plinary re­search pro­jects based on the na­tive shrubs have shown im­prove­ments to both pro­duc­tiv­ity and nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment.

These ben­e­fits in­clude the avail­abil­ity of green nu­tri­tious plants in au­tumn, us­ing ar­eas not suit­able for crops, drought-re­sis­tance and drought-re­spon­sive strate­gies, shade and shel­ter, bio­di­ver­sity and car­bon storage.

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