"Devondale" In brief..
- Mark Mortimor
- Area (in hectares)
- 2000 ha
- Rainfall (mm/pa)
- 515 mm
- Oldman Saltbush area (hecatares)
- 35 ha
- year of first Planting
Q & A: an interview with Mark Mortimor
Why OMSB planted?
Grazing component in a risk management strategy.
What grazing and pasture benefits have been observed?
We can see a different eco system developing in the saltbush paddock. More water is going into the ground. We also know our grazing base is getting stronger & a new mineral base is being fed to our animals from the deep roots of OMSB
What financial benefits have been observed?
Objective-increased stock capacity and saltbush grazing system to work in with an el nino enviroment. At this point this is certainly working.
Biggest OMSB impact? Feed during the dry times.
Any problems with OMSB? None.
Do you / if you had a salinity problem, do you think OMSB would help with controlling deep drainage and/or lowering the water table? NO experience.
Would you like to increase your area sown to OMSB? Yes
What limits your planting of a larger area? Thats simple, finance and time.