The influence of weather on dairy production : an analysis of the relationship between meteorological variations and fluctuations in dairy production in the Manawatu 1939-1970 : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Geography at Massey University
Preface: In recognition of New Zealand's pastoral potential Sears
"New Zealand has a tremendous climatic advantage for grassland
"This is very simply because of New Zealand's great climatic
advantage for cheap high-productivity pastures,...
"New Zealand's continued, but not extreme, soil moisture,
moderate temperatures, and adequate sunlight are all of great
value to high-production pasture growth... The New Zealand
climate is also very suitable for the continued outdoor
husbandry of European breeds of sheep and cattle."
It would seem, however, that too few studies have been
made of the relationship between climatic situations and primary
production in New Zealand.
One might offer, in justification of an inquiry into the
relationship between climate and dairy production, the importance of
dairying to the New Zealand economy. The initial impetus to
investigate this relationship was motivated by the author's interest
in the farming scene and an appreciation of the importance of climate
and weather in agricultural practices.
This thesis is essentially an exercise in applied
climatology and makes no claim to be anything more. The study is
aimed primarily at investigating the impact of measured physical
parameters on an agricultural activity. It is hoped that some of
the results might be valuable, even if only to stimulate further
research into a situation which has been rather too blithely