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Massey University's Tuapaka Farm provides a facility for quality research, teaching and extension in sheep and beef farming. It is particularly used in research investigating aspects of hill country farming.
The work going on at Massey’s Tuapaka Farm is adding to resources and information available to farmers operating in a hill country environment. Our research is the largest scale nutrient loss research on a hill country farm catchment anywhere in New Zealand. This holistic programme of work covers the effects and potential alternatives to farming practices taking place in a hill-country environment.
The original 420 hectare farm was acquired in 1938, with a further 56.5 ha added in 1971.
In 1983, Tuapaka was divided into two blocks so that better commercial use could be made of the farm – a 111 ha unit of predominantly flat ground and a hill unit of 365 ha. Initially following this subdivision it was decided to run bulls from weaners to 18 months on the smaller unit, with a sheep and bull beef system put into place on the larger unit.
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Last updated on Friday 08 November 2019
The farm’s road frontage is located along Fitzherbert East Road, approximately 15 km north-west of Palmerston North City. The farm backs onto the southern-most extent of the Tararua Ranges.
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Tuapaka Farm is managed by Steve Bayler
Stock Manager - School of Agriculture and Environment