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Thirty years of saltbush at the McNabb's

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Ian and Elizabeth McNabb have over thirty years’ experience with different types of forage
shrub, established by both direct seeding and planting tube-stock.

They’ve worked out which species survive best and regenerate, and currently have around 800 acres of mostly Old Man Saltbush on heavier, salt-affected land. This stand has helped reduce the spread of saline land on their property. It also provides valuable extra feed, allowing the McNabb’s to lamb their SAMM ewes down three times every two years. Grazing with cattle as well as sheep has prevented shrubs from getting too tall. Importantly, the extensive area of Saltbush meant the McNabbs could keep their stock through most of the drought of 2017-2020, improving the drought resilience of their business.

This project is supported by the Mallee Catchment Management Authority through funding from the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund. 

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