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UNIT 5

Sheep, cattle and conservation

 

Unit 5 deals with the particular issues that become important in saltland management depending on the particular enterprise proposed, and/or the mix of benefits sought.


In Unit 5 there are 4 ‘sections’:

 

5.1

Issues for sheep.

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There is a lot of information available about sheep grazing management, water requirements and performance across a range of saltland situations.  This is because most of the research into saltland management and saltland grazing has use sheep.

 
5.2

Issues for cattle.

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There has been very little research undertaken with cattle grazing saltland pastures.  However, some conclusions can be directly drawn from research with sheep, and from farmer experiences. 

 
5.3

Issues for conservation.

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Conservation values from revegetating saltland have received little research attention until recently.  The SGSL initiative explored in some detail, conservation issues such as salt and water movement, biodiversity, landscape function and groundcover.

 
5.4

Personal issues.

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Farmer case studies from across Australia consistently point out that the motivation for revegetating saltland is rarely economics in the first instance. Typically, farmers invest in saltland rehabilitation because of their personal concern that bare saltland does not reflect good farm management.