| Brothers Simon (left) and Tony York with Anameka saltbush on
the farm at Tammin, Western Australia.
After 10 years of research and refinement, a new elite line of saltbush has been licensed and renamed in readiness for hitting the market in 2015.
Anameka saltbush is a line of old man saltbush developed through research by the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre’s (CRC) Enrich farming system, based on reducing risk through use of perennial forage shrubs on grazing land.
Project leader Dr Hayley Norman (CSIRO) said the name Anameka recognises the support and involvement of the York family from Tammin throughout the research process.
“Tony and Simon played an active role in the success of the saltbush program by hosting research over 14 years, including generous access to land, sheep, equipment and great staff. As you drive around their farm Anameka, you see decades of active revegetation for Landcare and salinity mitigation from when their father Peter worked with Clive Malcolm and others during the early stages of saltland pasture research,” Dr Norman said.
“It was fitting that we named the new variety after the York’s family farm where much of the research was undertaken. I’m proud to have worked alongside Tony and the York family to see both the licence agreement and name change occur before the closure of the CRC on 30 June 2014.”
The old man saltbush research has been a positive outcome for the CRC, with 100 000 seedlings offered to WA farmers in a research release earlier in 2014, and demand continuing to increase as the nutritive and relative palatability benefits of the native shrub become more widely known.
CRC CEO Peter Zurzolo said the success of the Anameka saltbush research proved yet again what can be achieved within the collaborative CRC framework of researchers and farmers working together.
“The CRC’s objectives were always to increase productivity in existing industries and reduce natural resource degradation, and Anameka saltbush achieves those objectives and more. We’re pleased the saltbush project will continue with CSIRO for another two years, with the aim of releasing additional cultivars and an elite seed line.”
The Anameka line will be available for farmers following the signing of a licence agreement between the CRC and Chatfield’s Nursery in Tammin, Western Australia. For more information on Anameka saltbush, contact www.chatfields.com.au .
Future Farm Industries CRC will cease operation on 30 June this year, bringing to a close seven years of research into profitable perennial plant farming systems for Australian broadacre agriculture. The CRC’s research projects have either been completed or transferred to other agencies to continue this important research. The CRC website www.futurefarmonline.com.au will remain live with information on research programs and outcomes available until June 2017.
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This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.
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The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.