The overall conclusion of this report is that composting shelters have diverse benefits to the
human environment, the biophysical environment and to animal welfare, and encapsulate enhancement of Te Taiao. The overall economics appear sound. However, significant capital expenditure is required and this needs to be budgeted with care. Also, it needs to be recognised that composting shelter developments in New Zealand agriculture are currently being farmer-led, without formal research and development programmes to guide the way. Farmers considering composting shelters should take care in ensuring sufficient personal research is undertaken before committing to a project, to make certain that the design will be fit for the specific location and purpose. Inevitably, there is much more to be learned.
Rural Professionals Fund final report, 2022