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New-look Old Man Saltbush can increase stock carrying capacity

(1988) New-look Old Man Saltbush can increase stock carrying capacity. The Farmers Weekly, 26 October 1988. p. 10 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Long before white men appeared in Australia, there were vast areas of Old Man Saltbush. Keenly sought after by graziers, it was relished as feed by the animals, grew in abundance in saline soils, was evergreen and non-dormant. Unfortunately by the late 1800's to early 1900's, large areas of the Old Man Saltbush had disappeared because pastoralists used a set stocking and shepherding practice. Ian Hunter of Boree in New South Wales, was visiting South Africa in 1984 looking for innovations in the grazing and farming industries, when he came across areas of Old Man Saltbush. It had been taken to South Africa some 100 years earlier to use for experimental purposes. Mr Hunter brought back seed for research work, but prohibitive costs of germination and transplanting stopped the work. In Christmas 1987, a cheaper breakthrough was achieved and it it now possible to direct seed or aerial sow badly affected salt or saline ground without specialist equipment previously needed.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1988 The Farmers Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60618
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