The Progardes® Desmanthus Story

In the 1990s, Chris Gardiner from James Cook University started surveying old, abandoned legume trial sites in Queensland’s semi-arid clay soil regions.

Chris found that the only surviving legumes of all the species planted were of the Desmanthus genus. The Desmanthus species he found on these sites had survived two decades of extreme stresses, including heavy grazing, drought, flooding, fire and frosts.

From those sites, Chris chose the most robust plants and began selective breeding for desirable traits.

Since then, Chris has spent more than 20 years researching and developing Progardes® Desmanthus. His efforts have been rewarded with paddock-proven results in various trials around central and northwestern Queensland. Those trials have shown Progardes® Desmanthus delivers increased liveweight gain, increased pasture productivity and increased profitability.

Progardes® Desmanthus is the best tropical legume developed in the last decade, and our objective at Agrimix Pastures is to assist graziers to successfully capture the benefits.

Nick Kempe (left) and Chris Gardiner showcase Progardes at a conference in Queensland