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Warrenbayne field day to explore grazable shrubs

A field day next week on grazable shrubs will include a visit to the only Victorian trial site the Shrubs for Emissions and Carbon Storage project on Debbie and Bill Hill’s Warrenbayne sheep and beef farm.

February 27, 2014 3:43am

A field day next week on grazable shrubs will include a visit to the only Victorian trial site the Shrubs for Emissions and Carbon Storage project on Debbie and Bill Hill’s Warrenbayne sheep and beef farm.

On 17ha of the 420ha Corramandel property, 7200 shrubs have been planted for the project.

The Hills were keen to be part of the project that is trialling the use of Australian native shrubs on farms to see whether the stock eats them to improve digestion and limit emissions including methane. The project also looks at native shrubs potential as a fodder source when used as a green feed during the summer-autumn feed gap.

The project, supported by funding from the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, also involves farmers from Western Australia and NSW.

Mr Hill said he and wife Debbie had wanted to add to the fodder available to our livestock and to make use of all available rainfall. They have trialled native trees and shrubs for a many years and has given us some valuable data with a few species.

‘‘In a proactive response to a changing climate we are keen to try to add to our feed base, creating reliance through diversity by adding browsable shrubs and trees,’’ Mr Hill said.

He said native perennial shrubs could satisfy stock animals deficiencies and balance their diets to help in keeping them healthy, content and productive.

‘‘We are always looking for ways to work with nature to become more resilient through diversity rather than force production through external inputs.’’

Warrenbayne- Boho Landcare Group and Mingenew Irwin Group are hosting the field day on Wednesday, March 5, from 9:30am to 1pm that will start and end at the Warrenbayne Hall on Warrenbayne-Benalla Rd, Warrenbayne.

Morning tea and lunch provided. To RSVP phone Landcare project officer Melanie Addinsall on 57611560.

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