Assessing the Effects of Dairy Farm Conversion

Assessing the Effects of Dairy Farm Conversion

Background to Research Project

Kessels Ecology has undertook a research project over the last year and a half, that aims to determine the effects of dairy farm conversion on stream biodiversity, ecosystem health and water quality. Interest is rapidly growing in the effects of dairy farming on freshwater ecosystems in New Zealand. To effectively manage the effects of dairy farming, it is important to quantify these effects. It is also crucial to under-stand how mitigation measures can improve biodiversity and water quality. This study will involve a partnership between scientists, Ngāti Tahinga and farm managers.

 

Update on the project

Our research project at limestone downs has been progressing well, with sampling planned for at least an additional 2 years. This project has been jointly run by the C. Alma Baker Trust and Ngāti Tahinga, who have provided additional support for a creation of a restoration plan for the farm.