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Cattle feeding location's influence on nutrients and sediment

In the winter of 2015, a Massey University study was undertaken to compare nutrient and sediment loss when cattle were fed at two different sites (paddock 9 and 12 at Massey's Tuapaka farm).

  • The first site was the traditional hay feeding area and was located on a soil type prone to surface runoff.
  • The second site was on a soil type that is well drained.

Two groups of 15 beef cattle were fed in the two separate areas (0.3 ha each) and were monitored for their movement during the six week study using GPS collars. The results from this study are currently being analysed and will be available shortly.

PhD student Petra Fransen with runoff collected for this research.

Map showing the two feeding sites and associated water flow pathways (red) and catchment areas (pink) at Tuapaka farm

Key contact

  • Dr Lucy Burkitt

    Dr Lucy Burkitt

    Senior Research Officer - School of Agriculture and Environment

Our team - water quality

Our team - animal movement

Master's student

Petra Fransen