"Promoting the responsible establishment and management of
 combined leucaena grass pastures."

  

  

        

What is leucaena ?

Leucaena is a high quality, long-lived leguminous forage tree. First introduced by CSIRO in the 1950s for extensive grazed systems for tropical Australia . Today it is also being used by livestock producers in cooler climates.

It produces very palatable, nutritious, high protein leaf for cattle giving liveweight gains of 250-300 kg/HD/yr, or 125 – 150kg per hectare at a stocking rate of 1hd:2ha. This is twice that of grass only pastures      [ ...more ]    [Video Clip]

 Cattle producers are adopting leucaena at an increasing rate and include large-scale property plantings up to 15,000Ha.  
   
Cattle fattened on combined leucaena and grass pastures produce beef of superior quality and can meet all premium domestic and export grass-fed market specifications

     

   
INFORMATION MORNING

The Leucaena Network is hosting a leucaena information morning at Wandoan on Thursday April 9th (Events Page)

USQ survey on farmer engagement

The University of Southern Queensland’s Digital Futures and Sustainable Agribusiness projects is undertaking research about livestock producers’ engagement and communications.  They would value your opinion. You can contribute via an online survey or you can contact the researcher, Dr Ann Starasts (Ph. 46311614 or ann.starasts@usq.edu.au) to receive a postal survey or to discuss partaking in an interview. Participants who choose can go in the draw to receive a $100 Dick Smith/Big W gift card.
  

 

 ABC Landline Feature

   
The Eating Tree

THE EATING TREE  

   
Queensland's state government has set itself an ambitious target of creating one hundred thousand new jobs by 2012. Agriculture is expected to play a key role in accelerating production across the grains, livestock and horticultural sectors. The beef industry is expected to deliver the biggest gains, not because graziers will be buying or opening up more land but because of a surge in popularity of a South American fodder tree called Leucaena which is both loved and loathed in equal measure.              
                                                                  
Published: 31/10/2010       
Reporter: Pip Courtney    
Presenter
: Anne Kruger

LEUCAENA FOR PROFITABLE & SUSTAINABLE BEEF PRODUCTION


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