Story: West Coast region

Re-contoured land near Waimangaroa

Re-contoured land near Waimangaroa

Much of the West Coast was unsuitable for dairy farming because it became waterlogged in winter. In recent decades there has been major reconstruction of the land by ‘humping and hollowing’ it to make well-drained ridges on which cows can graze without pugging the pasture. These examples of humped and hollowed paddocks are near Waimangaroa, north of Westport. Work is in progress in the centre of the photograph.

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Simon Nathan, 'West Coast region - Soils and agriculture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, updated 1 Sep 2016