Management consideration for saltland legumes

1.         Establishment
The timing and method of establishment for a saltland pasture will primarily be determined by the needs of the grass or shrub species that are expected to make the major contribution to the saltland pasture.  Legumes are often included in the mix but do not usually influence the main decisions because the chance of them making a significant contribution is limited if the site has more than low salinity levels.  Pest control (especially for RLEM) can be more critical for legumes than grasses.

2.         Management and grazing
As with establishment, the on-going management of most saltland pastures will be dominated by the needs of the shrubs and/or grasses.  Rotational grazing that is recommended for most saltland sites suits the legumes as well.  Aerial seeders (such as balansa clover) require a rest from grazing during seed set.

3.         Animal nutrition
All the potential saltland pasture legumes are vastly more nutritious for grazing animals than the other components of the pasture – this is part of the appeal for including them.  Bloat is a possibility with some legumes, but on saltland they are unlikely to dominate the sward.

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