The project aims to re-design livestock forage systems for grazing all-year round in Mediterranean environments minimising supplementary feeding. The focus is sheep grazing systems in Southwest WA challenged by climate change with increasingly hotter, drier and more variable seasons.
A range of novel pasture and feedbase options will be evaluated in species mixtures under grazing, particularly to target key seasonal feed gaps, before the growing season and at the end of the growing season.
Co-funded by Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Meat & Livestock Australia, GGA will collaborate in the project alongside grower groups. Research has commenced at the DPIRD Katanning Research Facility and expanded to three grower groups in a participatory research process including on-farm demonstration sites this year. More details here.
Call for Low Rainfall (less 300 mm) Grower Group Demonstration Trial Partner – Closes 31 May
All grower groups in low rainfall (less than 300 mm) areas with an interest in livestock forage systems are encouraged to express an interest to a host a satellite site with DPIRD’s SheepLinks FEED365 Project for the next three years (2023 to 2025).
The project aims to develop and test new feedbase options and integrate them into grazing systems at a paddock scale. The goal is to enable farmers to increase livestock returns by grazing high quality forage all year round with minimal supplementary feeding.
The successful group will receive up to $20,000 per year over three years to host the trial. Information on the trials for the project can be accessed below. Enquiries on this aspect of the project should be directed to Daniel Real, DPIRD, 9368 3879, email@example.com
Demonstration Trial Partners
At this stage, three local groups have been successful in their application to host demonstration trials sites over the next three years and include West Midlands Group, ASHEEP and Wagin-Woodanilling Landcare Zone group.
The Successful groups will receive up to $20,000 per year over three years to host the trials. Information on the trials for the project can be accesses below. Enquiries on this aspect of the project should be directed to Janet Conte, DPIRD, 0439 144 500, Janet.Conte@dpird.wa.gov.au
Field Day 13 October
The first information field day on the project was held at Katanning Research Station on 13 October, 2021 attracted around 45 participants, including seven grower groups. The event unpacked the FEED365 Project, which includes demonstration trials hosted by grower groups over the next three years. Small trial plots and larger grazing trials were on display, with a range of shrubs, perennial and annual pastures and legumes.
Project News & Updates
General project enquiries to Alison Lacey at GGA