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Adoption, profitability and future of leucaena feeding systems in Australia

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Buck, S. R., Rolfe, J. W., Lemin, C. and English, B. H. (2019) Adoption, profitability and future of leucaena feeding systems in Australia. Tropical Grasslands-Forrajes Tropicales, 7 (4). pp. 303-314. ISSN 23463775 (ISSN)

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Article Link(s): https://doi.org/10.17138/TGFT(7)303-314

Abstract

Leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala ssp. glabrata) is a highly palatable and productive forage used mainly by beef producers on extensive properties in northern Australia. When sown into native or sown grass pastures, leucaena provides significant production, economic, environmental and social benefits. Adoption of leucaena was slow initially due to a range of technical, agronomic and landscape factors. These have now been largely overcome through extensive research, development, producer experience and other advances, resulting in around 130,000 ha of cultivated leucaena being utilized across northern Australia. A range of aspects will need to be addressed if the adoption of leucaena is to be accelerated into the future. These include environmental concerns, especially potential weediness, and a range of technological needs, including soil nutritional requirements, grazing and toxicity management, opportunities for companion fodder systems and conservation options. Advances in technology and the ongoing need for a high-quality, profitable and sustainable perennial forage will ensure the continued adoption of leucaena across northern Australia for the foreseeable future. © 2019, Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT).

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Improved feeding systems Legume-grass systems Liveweight gain Tree legumes
Subjects:Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Agriculture > By region or country > Australia
Deposited On:01 Dec 2022 01:48
Last Modified:01 Dec 2022 01:48

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