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The economic benefits of native shelter belts report - Issue 3/2015

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Balsalttobay Landcare Network, 2015  - Lisette Mill

The protection of existing native vegetation and the planting of shelter belts may provide a multitude of productivity and biodiversity benefits for farming industries. The value of shelterbelts in raising agricultural productivity has been demonstrated in many countries suggesting potential improvements in crop yields (25%), pasture yields (20-30%), and dairy milk production (10-20%).

The following information is based on references and previous research, providing examples of existing ‘facts and figures’ when considering the economic benefits of implementing shelterbelts. Productivity increases relate to all agricultural industry sectors, including the dairy, wool, meat, cropping, and horticultural industries.

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