Farming System Development in North Central Victoria Australia

A Story of the Evolution of a Mixed Farming System of Crops and Sheep and How the Farmer Has Adapted to the Challenges of Variable Seasons and the Volatile Markets for Grains, Meat and Wool
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Abstract

An Australian ‘mixed farming’ system of crops and sheep in rotation has continually adapted over 25 years to a series of challenges that included maintaining soil fertility and health, managing a highly variable climate, increasing income in response to declining terms of trade and reducing the risks of farming. The changes included replacing annual pastures with a pasture mix of rainfed lucerne and annual pastures, no-till cropping with stubble retention, introducing additional crops and changing the sheep flock from a wool emphasis to a dual-purpose meat and wool flock. An economic analysis confirmed these changes significantly increased whole farm profitability.

Keywords

Mixed farming Dual purpose sheep Rainfed lucerne 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Primary IndustriesBendigoAustralia

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