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Integration of agroforestry systems within irrigated dairy farms in Waimakariri, Canterbury

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posted on 2024-06-21, 04:01 authored by Kyle Wills, Istvan Hajdu, Sandra Velarde
The opportunity of integrating agroforestry within irrigated dairy farms in Waimakariri, Canterbury, was investigated via farmer surveys, a literature review and two desktop case studies including economic assessments. Agroforestry has the potential to alter the understory microclimate, providing a buffering effect for extreme weather conditions. Some tree species can alter soil chemistry such as poplars increasing pH by up to 1.2. Species such a mulberry are used around the world to as animal fodder due to forage attributes such as high crude protein (18.9% DM) and high digestibility (>85.2%).

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Funded by the New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's Our Land and Water National Science Challenge (Toitū te Whenua, Toiora te Wai) as part of project Rural Professionals Fund 2023–24

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2018-12-07

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  • English

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