Surf and turf farming: Queensland beef graziers diversify into barramundi farming.

Refreshing an age-old concept of multispecies integrated farming. In WA many terrestrial farmers have been stocking their dams with yabbies, marron or silver perch. For centuries, the Asians have been farming carp in paddy fields to reduce insect damage to plants, and have a second source of food. Many fish farms in China are built below chicken coups or piggeries where the wastes from terrestrial farming fertilises the water, which then grows the aquatic food which them feeds the fish.

It’s about time this practice is spreading to the rest of Australia.

Due to limited resources, multispecies farming is surely more sustainable than monocultures. Let’s get more farmers on board!

Yours sincerely,

Dr Richmond Loh

DipProjMgt, BSc, BVMS, MPhil (Pathology), MANZCVS (Aquatics& Pathobiology), CertAqV, NATA Signatory.


Aquatic Veterinary Medical & Diagnostic Services.
Ph: +61 (0)421 822 383


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