Feasibility assessment of native plants as fodder
The 3 key achievements of this research to date:
- Analysis of foliage and fine stems from the species utilised in this study indicate that the nutritional quality of these shrubs is generally good, at least as good as Salix Kinuyanagi and likely to be better than summer pasture on many hill country farms.
- Development of a mixed methodology approach to meet the cultural and scientific needs, as well as ethical requirements for this research. This research methodology and interpretation of results is inclusive of a kaupapa Māori approach.
- Development of a modelling system to analyse the financial outcomes from establishing native shrubs on hill country farms.
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