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Branch member videos

  • Bruce, Catherine and Ben Winter, Spar Bush, Winton, Southland branch
    July 2014
    The Winters farm sheep; Bruce Winter discusses his shelter plantings, his approach to planting and managing young plantings, and how his shelter plantings benefit sheep production. A wide range of…
  • Michael Anderson, Hokanui, Southland branch
    July 2014
    Michael Anderson has been planting trees for many years on this 490-hectare all-sheep farm. He now has 42 ha of woodlots, plus QE II covenants, shelterbelts and amenity plantings. Plantings…
  • Ann Irving, Waimatua, Invercargill, Southland
    September 2015
    Anne Irving and her husband farm sheep and deer on this relatively exposed Southland farm where shelter is highly valued. Anne stresses the importance of establishing proven species for shelter…
  • Stan Rutherford, Invercargill, Southland
    September 2015
    A small, intensive lambing unit, where shelter is vital for the high lamb survival achieved. Shelterbelts are carefully designed to minimise winter paddock shading while providing effective year-round shelter and…

Tree Grower articles

  • Landcare Trust Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Forestry 2020 - Jeff and Linzi Keen (Access: unrestricted)
    February 2021
    The farm Tomogalak Gorge in northern Southland covers 870 hectares of rolling medium hill country with 700 hectares of effective grazing land run as a mixed sheep and beef farm.…
  • Forestry and timber processing in the south: A quiet achiever (Access: unrestricted)
    February 2020
    With the 2020 Conference just around the corner it is an appropriate time to introduce you to the forestry scene in Southland and the rest of southern New Zealand. Forestry…
  • Landcare Trust Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Forestry 2012 - Rural Woman New Zealand Forest Committee Southland (Access: unrestricted)
    Author not published, May 2012
    This year’s winner of the New Zealand Landcare Trust award is not the normal farm operation of the type which has won this award in the past. In New Zealand there…
  • Landcare Trust Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Forestry 2010 - Michael and Michelle Anderson (Access: unrestricted)
    Author not published, August 2010
    Sometimes the boundaries between farmland and park become blurred. This is certainly the case at Lyndale farm owned by Michael and Michelle Anderson, the recipients of the Landcare Trust Award.…
  • Husqvarna South Island Farm Foresters of the Year 2010 - George and Terry McMeeken (Access: unrestricted)
    Author not published, August 2010
    George and Terry McMeeken farm 295 hectares at Feldwick, 25 km north of Tuatapere in Western Southland. George and Terry are long time members of the Southland branch and are…
  • Sixteen years of passion and tree planting a formidable task (Access: unrestricted)
    Bob Wishart, August 2010
    The first bus full of conference attendees tried to take a short cut approaching John Purey- Cust’s property, with near dire consequences. But this in no way simulates what John…
  • Scottish surprise at Mt Surprise (Access: unrestricted)
    Dougal and Di McIntosh, August 2010
    Saturday morning of the Invercargill conference, and another sunny day in Southland. Farm foresters crowded into four big comfortable buses to head across the Waimea Plains to Alistair and Kate…
  • White Hill wind farm (Access: unrestricted)
    Harley Gray, August 2010
    After our visit to Graham and Heather Milligan’s farm we had lunch at the Dipton Hall where we had presentations from Ernslaw One and Meridian Energy. Ernslaw had a problem…
  • Ernslaw One Douglas fir plantation (Access: unrestricted)
    Chris Bossley, August 2010
    Over lunch at Dipton Hall, on yet another fine day with the usual apologies from the locals for the weather, we were told about Ernslaw One’s vision for Douglas fir.…
  • Eucalypts grown for seed (Access: unrestricted)
    Lesley Christian, August 2010
    There is probably no other member of the NZFFA as well known to our membership as Graham Milligan – his booming voice, bushy beard and bare knees make him instantly…
  • Processing the Southland timber resource (Access: unrestricted)
    Parnell Trost, February 2009
    Southland has a well established timber processing industry, with several of the leading mills operating for more than 70 years. The timber industry has been one of the reasons for…
  • An investment in forestry down south (Access: unrestricted)
    Alistair Wilson, February 2009
    For a number of years I had a desire to grow some trees. By the early 1990s my wife and I had gained the confidence and financial stability to think…
  • Me and trees in Southland - Earning the money (Access: unrestricted)
    John Purey-Cust, February 2009
    Some time in the early 1970s when working for the old Forest Service in Southland my mind turned to practising what I preached − to plant trees as a long…
  • An introduction to the Southland region (Access: unrestricted)
    Gary Morgan, February 2009
    The Southland Region covers an area of approximately 2.3 million hectares. Southland’s coastline is 3,400 km long and stretches from Brothers Point in the Chaslands on the east coast to…
  • Farm forestry in Southland - An introduction (Access: unrestricted)
    John Purey-Cust, February 2009
    As Gary Morgan’s article on page four makes clear, there are few places in Southland where the structure of the country makes forestry an absolute necessity, few places where the…

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