Northern Beef Development - mosaic agriculture

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Mosaic Agriculture is one of three strategic pillars under the Northern Beef Development project.

Mosaic agriculture focuses on producing intensive irrigated crops and pastures within a rangeland pastoral setting to achieve long-term economic and environmental benefits.

Paving the way for more productive feed options for stations in the Pilbara and Kimberley.

The Mosaic Agriculture pillar of the project is trialing high-value cattle feed options to improve the productivity of beef production in the north based on science and economics.

Weed risk trials have been conducted to inform weed risk assessments necessary for policy development of non-indigenous plant species.

Assessing fast-growing, nutrient-dense crops designed for the dry climate in the north will provide choice for pastoralists, enabling them to diversify their feed base and production systems to achieve the greatest return on investment.

Field walk of pasture and fodder trials, Broome
A field walk of pasture and fodder trials for beef production held in Broome in November 2018 was well attended

Key areas of focus include:

  • economic assessment of mosaic agriculture in the Pilbara and Kimberley
  • establishing three sterile leucaena trail sites
  • weed risk assessments for non-indigenous species to inform policy
  • agronomy trials for bulk fodder production under irrigated and dryland systems
  • economic analysis of irrigated forage for stand and graze or cut and carry (hay or silage) systems in the north

The mosaic agriculture and sterile leucaena breeding projects are jointly funded by the MLA Donor Company.

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Trevor Price
+61 (0)8 9194 1441