PASTURES AND THEIR IMPROVEMENT IN RELATION TO THE MANAGEMENT OF FOOTHILL FARMS IN CANTERBURY

  • A.H. Flay

Abstract

THE foothill areas of. Canterbury consist of a large portion of the province, extending from the Conway River in the north to the Waitaki River in the south, a distance of some 230 miles. This same area varies in width from a few miles behind Methven, and Maytield to some 80 miles in a part of North Canterbury, with much variation between these limits. Except in parts of North Canterbury, the climate generally is more severe and the rainfall higher than on the Plains. There is, of course, much variation. The soil, in general, is second class, but much variation exists, so that ~go@~ j5ch pockets and small flats are not uncommon. Large areas .of tussock and also of third-class land-poor, clay, scrub country-are prominent in certain districts. A rough estimate of the area of the foothill, farms in Canterbury is 2,000,000 acres.
Published
1936-01-01