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Trees for Shade and Shelter

Shelterbelts of trees can increase pasture productivity by providing a warmer microclimate. These trees can also yield valuable timber or fibre and can increase overall farm income.

By providing shade for stock, trees on farms reduce stress on animals and improve the environment, thus improving productivity.

Tree Grower articles

  • 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…
  • Natives and those problematical pivots
    Mark Robins, New Zealand Tree Grower November 2008. I retired from farming a few years ago after living in the Ruapuna district of Ashburton. Trees have always been of great interest…
  • Trees combat erosion and protect stock
    Mike Halliday, New Zealand Tree Grower May 2008. Continuing our series of articles profiling the farm forestry model in action. We present here a case study showing another practical example of…
  • A planned shelter system on the Hunter property at Maheno
    John Prebble, New Zealand Tree Grower February 2005. Situated three kilometres south of Maheno on either side of SH1 is the Hunter family property. John and Dorothy Hunter have farmed this…


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