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Wed, 07 June 2023

"Old Cathundral" In brief..

Old Cathundral
Hugh Irving
Area (in hectares)
3150 ha
Rainfall (mm/pa)
450 mm
Oldman Saltbush area (hecatares)
110 ha
year of first Planting

Q & A: an interview with Hugh Irving



Why OMSB planted?  

1.                  Claypan country  to get it productive.

2.                  Increase feed stability.



What grazing and pasture benefits have been observed? 

To be able to get grazing production off a saltpan and to stop the water runoff from this country. To have a feed reserve for the dry times.



What financial benefits have been observed?  None really as yet -  apart from having grazing from totally degraded country, but animals slipped back in condition. I only planted my 2nd saltbush planting last year and this was on good soil. This is still to be grazed.



Biggest OMSB impact?   No change yet to total grazing plan. Reclamation of salt pan.



Any problems with OMSB?  Loss of condition of mixed aged ewes while on the bush that was on the salt pan country.



Do you / if you had a salinity problem, do you think OMSB would help with controlling deep drainage and/or lowering the water table?  Yes



Would you like to increase your area sown to OMSB? Yes, especially claypan country.



What limits your planting of a larger area?  Cost

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