Farm Diversity

Farm diversification is an increasingly common practice all over the world. With increasing financial, environmental and market pressure, farm diversification offers farmers the opportunity to spread income risk and build resilience. 

Farm Diversity is an AgriFutures Australia initiative that allows farmers to search crop and animal production alternatives by type or location to discover what is best suited to their farm.

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Case Studies

Brian Ahmed case study

While the egg may have come first for Victorian farmer Brian Ahmed, what followed was far more diverse than simply chickens.

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Paul & Joan Trevethen case study

At first glance, the Trevethan family’s farm business at Howlong, in southern New South Wales, looks like a typical broad-acre cropping, wool and prime lamb enterprise.

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Bernard & Margaret Brain case study

The story of farming on Bernard and Margaret Brain’s property ‘Rotherwood’, at Ouse in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, is one of constant evolution and refinement over more than half a century.

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Alpaca

Alpacas can be farmed for fibre, meat and leather but in Australia, are grown mainly for their fibre.

Anise Myrtle

Anise myrtle (Syzygium anisatum) is a native rainforest species that has leaves with strong liquorice and aniseed flavours.

Apples

Apples (Malus domestica) are one of the most widely grown tree fruits in the world.

Asian melons

Asian melons are members of the Cucurbitaceae family and are termed Asian melons as they are widely used in Asian cuisine. They originated from Indo-China and have spread throughout Asia

Avocado

The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Mexico and Central America.

Azuki Beans

The azuki bean, also known as the adzuki bean or aduki bean, is widely grown throughout East Asia and the Himalayas for its small bean, approximately five millimetres long. They are a short season, summer crop (120 days from growing to harvest) and c...

Banksia

Banksia plants belong to a genus of around 170 species native to Australia.

Barley

Barley (Hordeum vulgare) is a widely grown and highly adaptable cereal crop that is grown predominantly for stockfeed and for malt for the brewing industry.

Barramundi (aquaculture)

Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) is considered an iconic fish of northern Australia. It is a large, majestic silver fish, which can grow to over one metre in length.

Beef cattle

Beef is the third most widely consumed meat in the world, after pork and poultry.

Beekeeping (honey bees)

Honeybees are kept primarily for honey, bees wax, package bees and, increasingly, to provide pollination services for food and seed crops.

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), also known as fu qua, ampalaya, bitter gourd, balsam pear and alligator pear, is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family.