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dc.contributor.authorAvery, D.en
dc.contributor.authorAvery, F.en
dc.contributor.authorOgle, G.en
dc.contributor.authorWills, B.en
dc.contributor.authorMoot, Derrick J.en
dc.date.accessioned2012-05-21T04:56:06Z
dc.date.issued2008en
dc.identifier.citationAvery, D., Avery, F., Ogle, G. I., Wills, B. J., & Moot, D. J. (2008). Adapting farm systems to a drier future. Proceedings of the New Zealand Grassland Association, 70, 13–18.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10182/4478
dc.description.abstractIn the Starborough-Flaxbourne area the local farming community, alarmed at the increasing hill slope erosion, set up a soil conservation group. Accelerated erosion was a symptom of the past 12 years of below average rainfall. Removal of vegetative cover by livestock had enabled wind to erode areas of the thin topsoil exposing vulnerable sodic subsoil to rill and tunnel erosion. This highlighted the need for farms to adapt their livestock systems to a drier environment if they were to survive. An adaptation process had been undertaken on Bonavaree by the land owners, the Avery family. In redesigning their farm system they moved away from ryegrass pastures and brassica crops to a lucerne grazing system. This system prioritised the performance of multiple bearing ewes, high pre-weaning lamb liveweight gains (390 g/day) and a rigorous decision making process that avoided relying on the most risky periods of forage growth. The result has been 5 years of an improving economic farm surplus, lower grazing pressure on hill slopes and improving vegetative cover.en
dc.description.sponsorshipSustainable Farming Fund and the Marlborough District Council.en
dc.format.extent13-18en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNew Zealand Grassland Association.en
dc.relationThe original publication is available from - New Zealand Grassland Association.en
dc.rightsCopyright © The Authors and New Zealand Grassland Association.en
dc.sourceProceedings of the New Zealand Grassland Associationen
dc.subjectdecision makingen
dc.subjectadaptationen
dc.subjectconservationen
dc.subjectdroughten
dc.subjecterosionen
dc.subjectlucerneen
dc.subjectMedicago sativaen
dc.titleAdapting farm systems to a drier futureen
dc.typeConference Contribution - Published
lu.contributor.unitLincoln Universityen
lu.contributor.unitFaculty of Agriculture and Life Sciencesen
lu.contributor.unitDepartment of Agricultural Sciencesen
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lu.contributor.uniten
pubs.finish-date2008-10-16en
pubs.notesPaper presented at the 70th New Zealand Grassland Association Conference, 14-16 October 2008, Blenheim.en
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pubs.organisational-group/LU/Agriculture and Life Sciences
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Agriculture and Life Sciences/AGSC
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office
pubs.organisational-group/LU/Research Management Office/2018 PBRF Staff group
pubs.publication-statusPublisheden
pubs.start-date2008-10-14en
pubs.volume70en
lu.subtypeConference Paperen


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