Category Archives: Land and water

How leasehold values have influenced High-Country reform

Some 20 percent of the South Island is what is commonly called the ‘High Country’.  These are the pastoral lands that lie to the east of the alpine spine that runs the length of the island. These are also the … Continue reading

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High Country Tenure and Quiet Enjoyment

The New Zealand high country has been undergoing remarkable changes in land tenure over the last 20 years.  Much of the marginal pastoral land has moved into the conservation estate, and much of the better pastoral land has shifted from … Continue reading

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How can we make dairy sustainable?

The big challenge for New Zealand dairy is how it can become sustainable in the coming decades. This sustainability includes both financial and environmental sustainability. And it needs to occur in the context of both scepticism and some antipathy from … Continue reading

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Composting barns can be a dairy solution

There is increasing recognition that 24/7 paddock wintering of cows is not the way forward for New Zealand dairy. The challenge is to find solutions. These solutions need to achieve good environmental management, they need to be animal friendly, and … Continue reading

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Dutch cows graze below sea level

In late May, I was in Holland with colleagues from Calder Stewart as part of a self-education project on hybrid dairy systems. These systems involve 12-month production of milk from the combination of grazing and off-paddock systems. One of the … Continue reading

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Learning from Tillamook dairy

This last week I have been in Tillamook, in Western Oregon. Together with three colleagues from Calder Stewart, I have been exploring the dairy systems here, to see what learnings we can bring back to New Zealand. Tillamook is a … Continue reading

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Alternatives to dairy in New Zealand – the challenges are under-estimated

Readers of my articles will know that I believe we can find solutions to the multiple problems that face our New Zealand dairy industry. However, the current conventional wisdom within New Zealand’s dominating urban constituency is that there is no … Continue reading

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