Supporting Voluntary Natural Resource Management

In the Hastings and Camden Haven River Catchment

The Economic Benefits of Native Shelter Belts Report 01/14

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 shelter belts 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%).1

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

Farmers can use this information to more effectively utilise the landscape to potentially increase productivity, while conserving and enhancing critical resources such as soil health, water quality, and protection from environmental stressors (wind, heat & cold impacts).

The economic benefits of native shelter belts

Hastings Landcare has numerous FREE PUBLICATIONS and a LIBRARY of information / books available FOR LOAN – topics include sustainable farming, plant and animal identification, farm management, bush regeneration and weed control.

Together with Landcare networks of the Northern Rivers we have produced resources tailored for the mid north coast including the:

Farmer to Farmer Soil Management Case Studies

Stock and waterways: A Managers Guide

Published by Land & Water Australia

This guide is designed to help you:

  • recognise your riparian land and its multiple values,
  • identify how stock access and grazing in and around your riparian land can be improved, and
  • develop a strategy to manage your riparian land productively and sustainably.

A Sustainable Future -- Biological Farming


A 5 min DVD on why and how the Eggert Family of Wauchope 
turned their Dairy into an Organic Dairy Farm



Other resources that we have available include NSW Dept of Primary Industries and Land & Water Australia publications, including:  

  • Grasses & Legumes and Herbs of the NSW North Coast,
  • Revegetating Streams in the Hastings Catchment: A guide to species and planting methods and
  • Soil Sense: Soil Management for NSW North Coast Farmers.
  • Stock and Waterways - a Managers Guide

We also have a good range of information on agricultural and environmental weeds –