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|Title: ||Deer farming - vital for the survival of the Arrow River irrigation scheme|
|Author: ||Pittaway, S. F.|
McGregor, M. J.
|Date: ||1987 |
|Publisher: ||New Zealand Grassland Association.|
|Citation: ||Pittaway, S. F. & McGregor, M. J. (1987). Deer farming - vital for the survival of the Arrow River irrigation scheme. Proceedings of the New Zealand Grassland Association, 48, 211-214.|
|Item Type: ||Conference Contribution - Paper in Published Proceedings|
|Abstract: ||The Arrow River Irrigation Scheme has been in operation since the early 1930s. Farming
systems within the scheme have been predominantly sheep with limited cereal cropping.
Irrigation has been used mainly to ensure that sufficient hay is made to feed through the long
cool winters. The future of the irrigation scheme is in doubt because of high upgrading costs and
a large operating deficit that has accumulated. Water charges have been low for many years.
Farmers started diversifying into deer in the early 1990s and a steady expansion has since
occurred. Incorporating deer into the farming operation has had a significant impact upon the
profitability of the diversified farms. The increased profitability of the diversified farms means
that they would be able to meet the higher water charges that would be levied under the Public
The use of water by farmers has been, and still is, inefficient. For instance, some have deer
on dryland despite the availability of irrigated pasture. It is contended that farmers must allocate
water to the most profitable use if they are to maximise returns and if irrigation schemes are to
remain viable financial operations.|
|Description: ||Paper presented at the 48th New Zealand Grassland Association Conference, 3-6 November 1986, Alexandra.|
|Persistent URL (URI): ||http://hdl.handle.net/10182/5078|
|Related: ||Available at www.grassland.org.nz|
|Related URI: ||http://www.grassland.org.nz/viewpublication.php?pubID=37|
|Rights: ||Copyright © The Authors and New Zealand Grassland Association.|
|Appears in Collections:||Department of Agricultural Management and Property Studies|
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