The Economic Benefits of Native Shelterbelts Report

Basalt to Bay

Type: PDF
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

Comprehensive report that outlines the productivity benefits (general and by livestock class) as well as the limitations of shelterbelts.

This report looks at:

  • How shelterbelts work?
  • Adapting to a changing climate
  • Our collective responsibility to reduce carbon in the atmosphere
  • Future markets, quality assurance, animal welfare
  • Productivity benefits
    • Shelter reduces animal stress (heat/cold) and animal maintenance energy needs, providing more energy for production.
    • Increased shelter for stock, pasture and crops increasing productivity.
    • If 10% of the farm is dedicated to shelterbelts; the potential reductions in wind speed can amount to
      between 33-50%.
    • Greater livestock gains result from increased pasture supply and reduced environmental stress; such gains have potential to offset the loss of land occupied by trees.
    • Moderation of spray-drift.
    • Less reliance on introduced pollinators.
    • Reduced pesticide usage via natural biological control.
    • Increased land values and landscape amenity.
    • Increased ecologically sustainable property values, legacy for future generations, and diversifying future family income.
    • Effective shelter placement can be used to dry out laneways, provide fire-breaks, stabilise roadways, utilise less arable areas.

There are also particular productivity benefits for dairy cattle, sheep, beef cattle, pasture production, cropping, biosecurity, landscape values and land values.

The report also outlines the limitations of shelterbelts, shelterbelt designs and a useful reading list.

2015 - Australia - Basalt to Bay
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