The economic implications associated with part-time farming on rural subdivisions : a case study in the Manawatu : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Agricultural Science at Massey University
This thesis set out to examine the land use changes associated with part-time farming on rural subdivisions. These farmlets and their location are first described. Cattle and sheep farming were the main agricultural activities although a wide range both on commercial as well as 'hobbyist' basis was evident. The study revealed that motives for ownership of these rural holdings were mainly non-economic in nature. In the second section, farm production comparisons are made with synthetic farms evolved for this purpose. Two, a dairy unit and a sheep/cattle farm were constructed. The farm production and intensity of agricultural land use (dollars per acre) on these synthetic farms are assumed to be that before the subdivison of the farm land. It was found the intensity of agricultural land use was at a higher level after the subdivision of farm land suitable for dairying and sheep/cattle farming.