Wetland's preservation

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  • The agri-science of wetlands
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A Southland couple grazed sheep for a living but their real interest had always been in reviving and protecting wetlands and in mitigating the effects of fertiliser run-off into a neighbouring lagoon. To do this they adopted a regenerative grazing practice by restricting sheep to the top one-third of the grass and retaining 100 ha of a 300 ha property in its natural state, a large wetland alive with waterfowl and fish life. A major economic benefit has been the improved shelter for sheep from the wetland's natural vegetation, particularly flax.
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