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Case Study: McIntoshes estimated costs of planting

Returns from land identified for managed retirement from grazing  will slowly decline but the costs of inputs will be eliminated. Furthermore, these are areas where it is easy to lose cattle, and the input costs can be targeted on other more productive areas of the property.

Estimated costs for afforestation projects (planting materials and labour only):

Block Species Area (ha) Estimated cost ($)
1 Scrub-land species 6.8 $11,000
2 Eucalyptus species 3.0 $3,400
3 P. Radiata and C. lusitanica 54.8 $49,000
4 P. radiata 54.6 $49,000
5 P. radiata 14.3 $12,000
6 Himalayan cedar 14.6 $30,000
7 Blackwoods 16.0 $32,000
8 P. radiata 26.1 $21,000
9 Douglas fir 2.3 $3,000
10 P. radiata 8.3 $7000

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Estimated costs for associated fencing (materials and labour):

Block Length of fence (m) Estimated cost ($)
1 and 2 260 $3,250
3 620 $7,750
3 270 $3,375
5 580 $7,250
6 630 $7,875
8 420 $5,250

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Total estimated costs:

Block species Estimated cost ($)
1 Scrub-land species $14,250
2 Eucalyptus species $3,400
3 P. radiata and C.lusitanica $60,125
4 P. radiata $49,000
5 P. radiata $19,250
6 Himalayan cedar $30,000
7 Blackwoods $32,000
8 P. radiata $26,250
9 Douglas fir $3,000
10 P. radiata $7000

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Poplar and willow poles

Poplar poles will be spaced 10-12 metres apart over erosion-prone areas. This will vary between 40 to 80 poles/ha. It is proposed to plant 150 poles per annum at a cost of $1,695 - $11.80 per pole on prices as at June 2006, including 3m planting material,  sleeve, laying and planting.

Poplar management - new plantings

At year 3, new poplar plantings will be form-pruned to remove double leaders and pruned to reduce the effects of pasture shading. Pruning should be undertaken to leave half the green crown, and to reduce the effects of regrowth, it should be undertaken in early summer. Once the property is in an annual planting program of 150 poles per year, the annual form pruning will also be 150 poles per year, at an estimated cost of $1.50 per tree and total annual cost for this work estimated at $225.

Summary of Annual Costs:

Year Activity Estimated cost Total cost
2007 Debris dams
Poles
Afforestation
Fencing
$3,000
$1,770
$17,000
$13,125
$34,895
2008 Poles
Afforestation
Fencing
$1,770
$66,250
$7,250
$75,270
2009 Poles
Afforestation
$1,770
$19,000
$20,700
2010 Poles
Fencing
$1,770
$11,125
$12,895
2011 Poles
Afforestation
$1,770
$63,400
$65,170
2012 Poles $1,770 $1,770
2013 Poles
Afforestation
$1,770
$49,000
$50,770

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