A Strategic Winter Grazing study carried out by AgResearch and its partners has made a real difference to farmers.

This technology consists of some simple rules that can be applied to the grazing methods used for break feeding animals on winter forage crops to reduce environmental impacts.

According to AgResearch Senior Scientist, Ross Monaghan, “The benefits of the research to New Zealand include the reduction of the environmental impact of pastoral farming caused by sedimentation of waterways and the strengthening of the licence to operate for important export industries. Farm efficiency benefits also occur through reducing the loss of soil and soil fertility that often occurs during winter forage crop grazing.

AgResearch acknowledges the assistance given to the project from other colleagues and collaborators who contributed to the wider Pastoral 21-funded programme of work undertaken in South Otago. These include colleagues from Farm Systems (Bryan Thompson, David Stevens, Andrew Wall), Environmental Science (Wayne Worth), DairyNZ (Dawn Dalley) and the Telford Farm team who kindly hosted the experimentation.

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