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Grazing Belts
 
Problem

On a central wheatbelt farm moisture was running through the sub soil to a low-lying area and needed to be intercepted. A 180 ha paddock needed shade and shelter.

If moisture is intercepted before slowing down at the break of slope or pooling at the low-lying areas salinity is less of a threat.
 
Lynch hyden

Photo: Nine-month-old grazing belt of tagasaste in Hyden.
(275 mm rainfall pa)
 
Solution

A series of strategic belts were planted across the contour. The belts followed the contour to encourage cropping operations to be carried out on the contour. This helps water catchments within the furrows of the seeding machine.

Each belt was eight lines wide with the lower four lines containing either tagasaste or saltbush fodder shrubs, depending on the soil types. This adds shade and shelter and increases the grazing capacity of the belts. The other four lines were a mix of tall, deep-rooted native Eucalyptus.

These belts can eliminate the need for fencing and provide valuable feed. The introduction of fodder on the perimeter helps prevent root encroachment through crops from trees and helps protect the trees and shrubs from chemical damage.
 
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