Providing a diversity of management to achieve a greater plant diversity

Providing a diversity of management to achieve a greater plant diversity Conference Paper

Australian Rangeland Society's 17th Biennial Conference

  • Author(s): Angus Whyte, Peter Jessop
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: A bit of background and explanation of where we live, Wyndham is a 12,500ha property on the Anabranch River in Western NSW about 200km south of Broken Hill; we graze sheep and cattle as well as from time to time opportunistically crop some of our floodplain country. I’m a fourth generation landholder in the area, my parents live on another property about 20km away and we help them with the running of their property when required. Kelly and I came from a culture of “conservative set stocking” (putting the amount of stock in a paddock that the area can run conservatively year in year out) and our focus was clearly on making sure that we look after the health and well being of the animal (as that is the only way we make money?). We ran purely merino sheep and considered ourselves “good producers” as we produced a very nice animal and fibre, we drenched when required, jetted as required etc. The outcome of this was a landscape that was declining in health every way you measured it, us working 6-7 days a week and at the end of the year receiving very little money, this was a major driver to change. Since our area was settled the landscape had probably “lost” 80% of its carrying capacity, what a great opportunity there was to rehabilitate the wonderful landscape and have not only more produce, healthier produce. One of the many things that I’m not good at is giving up, so armed with a decent lot of perseverance and no money we set about trying to find a way forward. We have been using a rotational grazing system at Wyndham since late 2001, in that time we have increased our paddock numbers from 8 to 23 (looking to double that again) and improved our rotational system significantly in that time. Currently we have 3 mobs of stock, all about 2,000+dse’s. To make sure that we are on the right track we monitor our stocking rate as well as our vegetation, which of course relates to our carrying capacity. As you can see from the graph below (Fig.1)we are improving on matching our stocking rate to our carrying capacity.

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Angus Whyte, Peter Jessop, 2012, Providing a diversity of management to achieve a greater plant diversity, Conference Paper, viewed 03 April 2020, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3632.

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