Saltbush is an Australian native plant that has great potential as a fodder shrub. Saltbush, and in particular old man saltbush, is widely used in grazing systems in drier agricultural regions of Australia. Future Farm Industries CRC has selected and bred elite lines of saltbush that show even more promise. Planting saltbush on mildly saline or non-saline land leads to greater whole-farm profitability, increased livestock carrying capacity in autumn and a range of environmental benefits.

The Future Farm Industries CRC’s Old Man Saltbush Improvement project will expand the use of old man saltbush by releasing cultivars for livestock grazing with improved nutritional value, palatability and biomass production.

The Enhance project is seeking to better define the benefits of animals grazing saltbush. This will aid future grazing management of saltbush-based forage systems to enhance animal nutrition and productivity. Saltbush has the potential to be used as a high value, standing supplement of antioxidants, betaine, sulphur and selenium.


Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) ceased trading on 30 June 2014.

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.