The EverGraze project is developing and testing new farming systems in different environments across the high rainfall zone of southern Australia. The project aims to increase profits of sheep and cattle enterprises by up to 50 per cent and at the same time improve water management, use of perennials, biodiversity and soil health.
Research has been conducted at six sites (Proof Sites) spread across Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. At these sites the EverGraze farming systems have been tested, with soil, water, pasture, and livestock inputs and outputs being measured. This enabled accurate modelling of the impact on catchments and farm profits. Three sites focused on sown exotic perennial species and three sites worked with existing native perennial pastures.
EverGraze Proof Sites have demonstrated that substantial increases in profitability can be achieved while improving environmental management by applying the EverGraze Principle of ‘Right Plant, Right Place, Right Purpose, Right Management’.
A network of Supporting Sites is associated with each Proof Site allowing groups of producers to try new grazing practices and perennial systems.
A series of regional packages have been developed to tailor the EverGraze information to specific regions. These packages are web based and can be accessed via the EverGraze website.
Contact: EverGraze Project Leader: Kate Sargeant
This website contains information about the CRC’s research into perennial plant based farming systems.
This site will remain live until 30 June 2017 but is no longer being updated or reviewed.
Further information about CRC research projects can be obtained by following links from relevant project pages or by viewing the research transfer page.
The CRC was funded for seven years (2007-2014) under the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centre program.