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  • Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato and Waikato Regional Council
    Published 12 March 2020 Referencing Hub media

    Waikato dairy farmers Rod and Sandra McKinnon talk about strategies they use to protect the soil on their farm.

    Question for discussion:

    • Why do the McKinnons place beef cattle rather than dairy cattle on the steeper part of the farm?



    We’re very conscious about putting the right animal on the right paddock, contour-wise, soil erosion-wise. So our beef animals stay on the steeper parts of the farm and we only keep them through one winter. So the second winter, once they’re bigger animals, we move them on and so that we’re not impacting upon the soil for erosion and pugging.


    Obviously if you’re planting the appropriate trees in the appropriate places, then you’re going to see less erosion. We do live in an area down by the river where we do have flooding from time to time that erodes the bank. The stream going through there is quite, quite vicious in various turns. So we’re seeing less of that, we’re seeing banks that were falling away we’re stopping them from the point they were.


    Rod and Sandra McKinnon
    Footage of beef cattle: Dairy NZ, Healthy Farms Healthy Rivers and Waikato Regional Council
    Drone footage of McKinnon’s farm filmed by AF Productions and Paul Sutherland Photography. Copyright Yardmaster


    This video has been developed in partnership with the Waikato Regional Council as part of the Rivers and Us resource.

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