Valley floors that were becoming salt affected as a result of rising watertables and waterlogging. Although the client had over 20,000 acres and cropped some 15,000 acres per annum he was increasingly aware of the rising water tables across his valley floors. These valley floors were no longer profitable for traditional cropping.
His objective was to establish fodder reserves throughout his farm which would feed sheep in late summer and/or early winter months when feed quality and quantity was low. This took the pressure off his pastures and enabled him to confidently keep high sheep flocks throughout these months. Densely planted saltbush will also help migrate the watertable over time.
With sheep prices rising he is now able to increase his sheep numbers and hold onto stock in dry years – when other farmers are destocking.
Turning a negative problem of salinity into a positive long-term asset to the property is paramount to successful landcare.