Wattle: a misunderstood producers' hero

By Trudi Refshauge
Updated September 23 2015 - 1:35am, first published September 22 2015 - 2:00pm
Hovell's Creek grazier Trudi Refshauge was impressed with a local Wattle Day talk last month; of particular note was the protection wattle provide for sheep. Here, lambing ewes are shelted by wattle.

Science has found a plant in our landscape that improves soil health, is a source of protein and provides shade and shelter for stock. It drops seedpods with anti-worming properties and increases biodiversity across our landscape. In the 1960s, growing it was recommended by doctors as a cure for depression. This hero in our landscape is the humble wattle, according ANU Science graduate, Graham Fifield.