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Exploring the potential of silvopastoral systems in New Zealand’s hill country

October 11 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

On-farm workshop at Te Awa Awa hosted by Richard and Becks Tosswill and Landcare Research.

Science presentations by:

  • Thomas Mackay-Smith (Massey University) on benefits of kānuka silvopastoralism
  • Raphael Spiekermann (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research) on quantifying the performance of trees for slope stability and landslide-derived sediment delivery to streams
  • Feiko van Zadelhoff (Bern University of Applied Sciences) on what can be learned from physical slope stability modelling at individual tree scale

Focus group discussions exploring questions such as:

  • What are the current silvopastoral practices and why are these used?
  • What are the benefits/drawbacks of tree-pasture/silvopastoral systems?
  • Which factors impact tree selection?
  • Where is there potential for silvopastoralism to respond to future challenges?
  • What potential barriers may there be to planting?

Visit to a planting trial featuring poplar varieties and widely spaced kānuka established in the presence of livestock.

Please register for this event by emailing spiekermannr@landcareresearch.co.nz, including your name, phone number, and occupation.

Morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea are catered for. We look forward to seeing you there!

With funding received from Our Land & Water National Science Challenge. Our thanks to Wairarapa Pūkaha to Kawakawa Alliance for providing lunch! Special thanks to Richard and
Becks for hosting us on their beautiful farm!

Details

Date:
October 11
Time:
9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Venue

Te Awa Awa
368 Te Awa Awa Road
Gladestone, Wairarapa
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