Table 5. Comparing newer (Wimmera region: n = 68–79; Corangamite region: n = 82–85) and longer term (Wimmera region: n = 314–323; Corangamite region: n = 331–342) landholders: land use. (n denotes the number of respondents. Each item had a different number of respondents owing to missing values; these are indicated by the ranges in n.)

Wimmera natural resource management region Corangamite natural resource management region
Land use New Longer term P value New Longer term P value
Broadacre cropping 46% 78% < 0.001 16% 29% 0.027
Sheep for meat 52% 70% 0.04 Not asked - -
Sheep for wool 42% 68% < 0.001 Not asked - -
Sheep farming Not asked - - 28% 47% 0.003
Plan for a conservation covenant 20% 11% 0.06 18% 11% 0.002
Conservation covenant 17% 9% 0.02 14% 7% 0.002
Alternative forms of livestock 16% 7% 0.016 14% 7% 0.036
Viticulture Not asked - - 12% 5% 0.029
Beef 16% 16% 0.908 59% 52% 0.338
Dairy 0% 1% 0.255 11% 24% 0.010