Integration of forestry into dairy and hill country sheep and beef farming for profitable and sustainable land use

FGR are participating in a MPI Sustainable Food and Fibre Fund project along with Dairy NZ, NZ Beef and Lamb, the NZ Farm Forestry Association and iwi land owners. The project is being managed by Perrin Ag, a Rotorua-based agricultural consultancy.

Farmers are having to re-evaluate their farm businesses and farming systems due to increasingly stringent requirements on nutrients, water and greenhouse gas emissions as well as market pressures for ‘clean’ food.

The project aims to provide land owners, iwi and rural professionals with the information they need to help landowners make well informed forestry enterprise decisions and increase their confidence in implementing forestry as a land use option.

The project involves farmer surveys, a diverse range of case studies and extension activities, and appears very pertinent in the current climate.