Our Research Efforts
If there is one thing we have learned in over 15 years of utilising Oldman
saltbush is that we are barely scratching the surface of its capabilities,
potential and optimal utilisation. As extensive as the application of it has
been, we realise that there are many more years of intensive research needed to
ensure that the maximum level of exploitation of this plant is being achieved.
The Dick Condon Oldman Saltbush Research Institute, based in Narromine, is
dedicated to advancing the knowledge base of this remarkable plant and ensuring
that new techniques of germination, hardening and establishment are constantly
being trialled and evaluated for incorporation into our holistic management
protocols. Furthermore, we are commencing more advanced research into grazing
practices for this plant, research that will soon have a great impact on the
livelihoods of many Australian landowners.
We actively monitor dozens of Oldman saltbush plantations in markedly different
environments, watching how the plant reacts to different conditions and
tailoring its establishment and grazing practices accordingly. One thing that is
becoming clear is that the plant requires far more careful, consistent and
ongoing management than other fodder crops in order to ensure optimal results,
No other entity, public or private, whether in Australia or around the world,
can match the breadth and dept of our unique knowledge base in applying Oldman
saltbush into dryland environments. With our ongoing research, this knowledge is
continually expanding for the benefit of your land, your business and you.