Free-enterprise farming on grasslands in Central NSW, Australia

Des Green, Stuart Green, Ted Wolfe, Jo Richardson, Rob Eccles

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    A pathway is described in developing and improving the pastures on family-owned sheep and beef properties at sites near Blayney in central NSW. Initially, the twin approach of sowing perennial grasses, predominantly phalaris (Phalaris aquatica) with subterranean clover (Trifolium subterraneum) plus the recommended addition of superphosphate fertiliser, was closely followed but within a decade ill-thrift in pastures and livestock occurred. Once the core problem of soil acidity was recognised, steps were taken to overcome this constraint with applications of lime. However, an additional modification involving the application of gypsum with lime had to be sorted out and applied. This approach is explained. While recent drought conditions on the Central Tablelands/Slopes have been a factor in reducing the productivity of district pastures, an important part of the problem is a consequence of many landowners not understanding the basic principles of plant and livestock nutrition, an unwillingness of some research/advisory agronomists to recognise the expertise of successful producers, and the implementation of various farmer subsidy and support schemes that appear to reward dependent producers rather than encouraging independence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the virtual joint XXIV international grassland and XI international rangeland congress
    Subtitle of host publicationVolume II: Poster Papers
    Place of PublicationKentucky USA
    PublisherAustralian Society of Agronomy
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978996630935
    Publication statusPublished - 2021
    EventThe XXIV International Grassland Congress / XI International Rangeland Congress - Virtual
    Duration: 25 Oct 202129 Oct 2021 (Conference website) (Conference website) (Conference program)


    ConferenceThe XXIV International Grassland Congress / XI International Rangeland Congress
    Abbreviated titleSustainable use of grassland and rangeland resources for improved livelihoods
    OtherJoint XXIV IGC and XI IRC congress will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, October 25 – 29, 2021. The theme of the Congress is "Sustainable Use of Grassland and Rangeland Resources for Improved Livelihoods'. The aim of the congress will be to promote the interchange of scientific and technical information on all aspects of grasslands and rangelands: including grassland and rangeland ecology; forage production and utilization; livestock production systems; wildlife, tourism and multi-facets of grassland and rangeland; drought management and climate change in rangelands; pastoralism, social, gender and policy issues and capacity building, extension and governance.
    The International Grassland Congress promotes interchange of information on all aspects of natural and cultivated grasslands and forage crops for the benefit of mankind, including sustained development, food production and the maintenance of biodiversity.

    The aim of the International Rangeland Congress is to promote the interchange of scientific and technical information on all aspects of rangelands: research, planning, development, management, extension, education and training.
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