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Trees for Dairy Farms
- In summer, shade rules: The science behind why trees help maintain dairy productivity
Gwyneth Verkerk, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2009. Cows feel the heat of summer more than many farmers realise. However they do need to use the energy normally required for physiological processes…
- Dairy run-offs
Gabrielle Walton, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2009. Over the last 12 months 28% of farm sales in the Bay of Plenty have been to some form of dairy runoff use.…
- Remember the four Ps: Planning for successful shelter systems
Ron Hinton, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2008. The establishment of effective shelter systems, for dairy farms as well as any other farm, is a complex process deserving considerable planning and…
- Dairy farm planting for shelter
Neil Cullen, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2008. On many of the dairy conversions undertaken in the south, the first victim is often the farm’s existing trees. Sometimes there are valid…
- Earning brownie points for the dairy industry
Kyle Brennan, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2008. Confucius said: ‘A wise man is one who plants a tree knowing he may never sit in its shade’. I know it sounds…
- Organics and farm forestry - a natural synergy?
Neil Cullen, New Zealand Tree Grower August 2007. West of Hamilton, past the now closed Whatawhata research farm on the road to Raglan, is the Waitetuna Valley property of Mike Moss.…
- Integrating trees with high productivity irrigated dairying
Harley Gray, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2006. Pencarrow is a 207-hectare dairy unit running 730 cows producing 313,000 kg milk solids. The farm is owned by Andy and Tricia Macfarlane.…
- Kyle and Madelein Brennan, Reporoa, Taupo branch
90-hectare rolling dairy farm on pumice country milking 230 friesian cows. Natives and other amenity trees are planted in wet gullies and riparian zones. Steeper sidlings are planted with high-value…
- Benjamin Lee, Reporoa, Taupo branch
Second generation dairy farmer with trees on this exposed plateau farm planted for shelter, shade, soil conservation and timber. A wide range of species are grown in the steeper parts…
- Gray Baldwin, Putaruru, Waikato branch
Trees are integrated with dairy cows on the Baldwin's properties. Economic and environmental objectives are combined to maximise outputs from all land types on these intensively managed farms. The Baldwins…
- Maurice and Rodney Hawkes, Taranaki branch
A range of alternative species are grown on this 57-hectare exposed Taranaki dairy farm, including redwoods, cryptomeria japonica, and poplars. Trees are planted for shelter and shade, biodiversity and aesthetics.…
- Victor and Christiana McIntyre, Waitui, Taranaki branch
The McIntyre's Taranaki dairy farm has highly erodible soils. Plantings are on steeper land to control erosion, improve water quality (Clean Stream Accord), for shade and shelter benefits, and for…
- Brent and Caralyn Morrison, Rai Valley, Nelson branch
Dairy farmers Brent and Caralyn Morrison on their 270 ha dairy farm which includes 50ha forestry and 40 ha native bush. Riparian zones and gullies fenced and planted; species include…
- Warren Smith, Greymouth, West Coast branch
Warren Smith and wife Marilyn own two farms - a sheep and beef property which has been in the family for many years, plus a newer dairy block. Warren is…
- Identifying Complementarities for the Dairy and Forestry Industries in the Central North Island
Monge, J., S. Velarde, R. Yao, S. Pizzirani and W. Parker (2015).
- The Potential for Poplar and Willow Silvopastoral Systems to Mitigate Nitrate Leaching from Intensive Agriculture in New Zealand
Franklin H., McEntee D. and Bloomberg M., 2016. In: Integrated Nutrient and Water Management For Sustainable Farming. (Eds L.D. Currie and R.Singh). Occasional Report No. 29. Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. 10 pages.
- Riparian zone/waterway management
Dairy NZ. Comprehensive resources from Dairy NZ. Developed for dairy farmers but also relevant to others. Includes a riparian planner tool with suggestions for planting riparian strips.
- Reuse of farm dairy effluent
Coppiced poplars and willows show potential for use in effluent irrigated systems
- Riparian zone coppicing of hardwoods for reduction of nitrate leaching from dairy farm effluent discharge
Ian McIvor, HortResearch 2004
- Coppiced hardwood trees for reuse of farm dairy effluent
Using Trees on Farms, Grass Research and Practice series No. 10, 2003, NZ Grassland Association
- Dairy shelter on the Canterbury Plains
Goulter, C. 2010. SFF Project L09/023.
Reviews current literature and explores how shelter and shade influence production in a dairy farming system on the Canterbury plains. Considers what value is there to replanting shelter trees on Canterbury dairy farms.