Two new PhD research positions to investigate the impacts of regenerative agriculture on dryland sheep production are being offered at Lincoln University.
Regenerative agriculture is a practice of farming that claims to produce food and fibre while restoring the land and environment.
The two roles being offered are part of a research programme which aims to validate claims of increased resource use efficiency from regenerative agriculture practice by direct comparison with conventional agriculture systems.
The research is part of an SFF Futures project called ‘Whenua Haumanu: Nurturing the land through exploring pastoral farming’, an industry-wide investigation of the principles of regenerative agriculture in a New Zealand context.
The positions are suitable for students with undergraduate qualifications in pasture and or livestock sciences.
One PhD position will focus on the impacts on plants, such as in pasture growth while the other will address animal responses, by looking at areas like ewe body condition.
More information about these opportunities can be found here.
More can be learned about the research trial at the Dryland Pastures Research Group page.
Source: Lincoln University