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windbreak

a physical obstruction to the passage of the wind, usually in the form of a line or copse of tall bushes or low trees or a porous fence. Of very great importance in temperate climates and periods of cold, wet, windy weather. Neonatal lamb mortality, off-shears hypothermia of sheep and hypomagnesemia and lactation tetany are some of the risk diseases in these circumstances.
During sheep weather alerts it may be necessary to improvise shelter. Some methods are: rows of bales of hay, mowing swathes of tall vegetation in a cereal crop or overgrown pasture being kept for hay. The sheep lie down in the alleys and keep out of the wind.
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Let's suppose these areas are near surface water, buildings, shelter belts, or along some roadside where you can't easily mow or graze.
Farmers have been plowing up prairie grass, draining wetlands and bulldozing shelter belts in a rush to get even more corn in the ground.
She said developing and applying water management techniques like desalination, saving and reusing treated water, fixating soils through the use of sand fences, shelter belts, woodlots and windbreaks, enabling native tree growth through selective pruning of shrub shoots and enriching soil through plantation, can help in this regard.
Oak, ash and birch trees, and shrubs such as crab-apple, spindle and guelder rose, were planted on two of the estate's tenanted farms to create a number of shelter belts and spinneys.
By 1974 this population numbered about 2,800 and primarily occupied planted forests, shelter belts, and agrocoenoses.
There were two great pheasant hunts--an early October hunt on pen raised birds in West Virginia and a fabulous few days in mid-November in South Dakota for tough, mature roosters hanging around corn fields and broad shelter belts.
All around are tropical gems, but much of this is due to the careful planting of shelter belts using evergreens to give someprot ection from the strong, often south west, winds.
The plantation of Eucalyptus in Sindh is mainly in shelter belts, however, the Forest Department, Government of Sindh had initiated a programme of social forestry in 1986, under which Eucalyptus was planted in 5000 acres in Khipro and some 150 acres in Jahanpur, Ghotki.
By providing ponds and building shelter belts, the Smiths provide wildlife habitat on their ranches.
Taken together, the various studies concluded that tree shelter belts can capture rainwater and reduce peak rain flows by up to 40% on improved grassland.