With the rise of minimum-tillage cropping systems and falling returns from livestock, many Australian growers went out of livestock during the 1990s. However, with time, increasing cropping challenges in the form of weeds and pests, and rising livestock returns, many of these growers realised they had lost some resilience and flexibility in their farming systems by forgoing livestock.
The Grazing Cropped Lands theme focused on how best to reintroduce livestock into no-tillage cropping systems and the effects of such practice on cropping enterprises, including yield, without increasing business risk. Crop grazing and stubble management were major sub-projects of this theme.
Publications and materials on grazing cropped land can be accessed here.