Sheep Wintering Otago

Project update

July 2022 - We are in the final winter of field measurements, the sheep have finished grazing the crop and field samples will continue to be collected through winter and spring until October 2022.

Understanding the impacts of sheep winter grazing


The NZLT Sheep Wintering project is a research project based in Otago. The research (undertaken by AgResearch), aims to understand the significance of contaminant losses and the effectiveness of good management practices for sheep wintering to enable farmers to make evidenced-based land management decisions. Final results are expected in early 2023.

This project is funded by the Ministry for Primary Industries with sponsorship from Beef and Lamb NZ, Ballance Agrinutrients, Horizons Regional Council, GreaterWellington Regional Council, Otago Regional Council and Environment Southland.

Sheep Wintering Otago

Sheep grazing kale around a critical source area (retained in grass) with field measuring equipment in middle of image.

Sheep Wintering Otago

Farmers examine monitoring equipment in a critical source area and discuss sediment mitigation measures in winter crop paddocks at a recent (Aug 2022) Beef and Lamb Farming for Profit field day.

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