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SGLN member case studies

The benefits of creating shelter belts in steep country

Landholder: Ron Barnacle
Landcare Group: Loch/Nyora Landcare Group
Program/s: Targeted Land Stewardship Program, MW Stream Frontage

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iFarm computer mapping increased our efficiency

Landholder: Chris Johnson and Joe Seawright
Landcare Group: Mt Lyall Landcare Group
Program/s: Targeted Land Stewardship, MW Stream Frontage Program

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Healthy Soils Project

Extended grazing on soil health in the Arawata area

This project was established to test whether extended or cell grazing can aid in the retention of nutrients on a farm. 

In extended grazing a farm is divided up into many small paddocks (or as in this case, a number of paddocks divided by electric fencing into smaller ‘cells’). Stock moves are based on the growth rate of the pasture and the plants requirement for rest and regrowth. The cell size is determined so the herd grazes the pasture down to a desirable level in one to two days. 
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Improving soil and pasture health by using biological cultures

Hall property, Foster

This demonstration seeks to see if soil and pasture can be improved by adding a culture of soil biology agents to a paddock using the Petrik biological farming system.

It is hoped that the addition of biological cultures will speed up the formation of humic compounds in the soil, improve soil structure, improve root penetration and improve pasture resilience.  By improving the soil

  • The growth of desirable pasture species, such as rye grass and clover should be facilitated.
  • The growth of species such as cocksfoot should be enhanced making it more palatable to stock.

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