Trees for Dairy Farms
- In summer, shade rules: The science behind why trees help maintain dairy productivity
Gwyneth Verkerk, 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 to cool down, so if they can…
- Dairy run-offs
Gabrielle Walton, 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. The reasons for purchasing a dairy runoff…
- Remember the four Ps: Planning for successful shelter systems
Ron Hinton, 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 research before ringing the fencer or visiting…
- Dairy farm planting for shelter
Neil Cullen, 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 reasons for removal of these trees. They…
- Earning brownie points for the dairy industry
Kyle Brennan, 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 a bit philosophical, a bit heavy, a…
- Organics and farm forestry - a natural synergy?
Neil Cullen, 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. We visited there on the fourth day…
- Integrating trees with high productivity irrigated dairying
Harley Gray, 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. Andy has his own farm consultancy business,…
- 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.