Dairy and beef farmers are taking measures to restrict stock from waterways - Ullrich Machinery Company
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Dairy and beef farmers are taking measures to restrict stock from waterways

The Survey of Rural Decision Makers (SRDM) is a biennial survey of New Zealand’s primary sector conducted by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research since 2013. It covers commercial farmers, foresters and growers as well as lifestyle block owners from Cape Reinga to Rakiura.

SRDM is designed to build a better picture of decision making at the farm level, tackling topics that cannot be easily addressed in official statistics or directly by organisations. It is a valuable resource for policy makers, regional councils, industry groups and businesses.

Dairy farmers are fencing nearly all the wetlands on their properties, especially in Taranaki, Southland and Northland, where 95% or more of the extent of wetlands on farms is fenced. Southland dairy farmers have fenced the highest proportion of streams.

The majority of major streams on commercial sheep and beef farms in Waikato, Northland, and Manawatu-Whanganui are fenced, with Taranaki and Southland not far behind. Stock are excluded from most of the extent of wetlands on commercial sheep and beef properties.