This Landcare funded project was undertaken to obtain data on growth rates of 3 different species of eucalypts growing on a range of sites in the Strzelecki hills.  The data will be used to guide management interventions in the production cycle – especially their timing, and to provide a better estimate of the length of the production cycle. Estimating the returns from an agroforestry enterprise is difficult due to the long lead time to harvest. The plantations established at Torwood are predicted to be ready for harvest about 2034, ie a production cycle of 23 years.

The costs are however a lot more predictable. The field day outlined the costs to date of the plantation established in 2011, listed future costs and from the projected returns provides a financial comparison of an agroforestry enterprise versus traditional grazing activities.

This agroforestry vs traditional grazing comparison will be written up as a case study.  This will be published here when available.  In the interim the field day notes are available for download as a PDF file.

Download the field day notes here

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and meet. The South Gippsland Landcare Network stretches from Mt Best to Mt Lyal, and along the prom coast. It’s made up of 16 local groups working to preserve and protect the natural environment, while also enhancing the long-term sustainability of farming in this part of Victoria. We’re proud to work across both Bunurong and Gunaikurnai country, and to recognise the rich history embedded in this land we now share. As a network, we’re a diverse group – made up of primary producers, hobby farmers, tree changers, backyard gardeners and environmentalists of all sorts. This page is part of our community, so we welcome feedback and input from anyone who’s interested in having a voice here.

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