The Hill Country Futures programme is supporting the next generation of researchers and improving New Zealand’s future research capability through several postgraduate scholarships.
School of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University
Georgia has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Post-graduate diploma in Environmental Management from Massey University, where she is now undertaking her Master’s degree. She has previous experience in the research of native New Zealand shrubs, with a strong understanding of succession and establishment in native forests.
“This project assesses the feasibility of using native New Zealand shrub species as a forage on sheep and beef farm hill slopes, based on their nutritional value and productivity. I have two trial sites, one in Mahia and one in Palmerston North. There are eight species distributed over the sites, with Salix kinuyanagi as a control species. I will evaluate the plants for establishment, productivity, vigour and their nutritional value in summer. This work will guide farmers in selecting appropriate forage species for use during drier months and provide an alternative use for hill slopes.”