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Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment report considers Overseer’s use for regulation

Fertiliser Matters; 17 December, 2018  A report on whether Overseer is suitable for use in regulation to help clean up Aotearoa New Zealand's rivers and lakes has been released today by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton. The report recommends that the Minister for the Environment and the Minister of Agriculture indicate if they wish to see Overseer [...]

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment report considers Overseer’s use for regulation2019-01-31T12:02:38+13:00

Dairy gold rush is over as nutrient limits put brake on Canterbury dairy conversions

Stuff - Heather Chalmers - 9 January 2019 Nutrient limits imposed on dairy farmers are putting a brake on new dairy conversions in Canterbury, with 10 consented last year. This compares with more than 50 conversions in the region during some of the peak dairy boom years. Environment Canterbury said that its consent figures showed that there had been a [...]

Dairy gold rush is over as nutrient limits put brake on Canterbury dairy conversions2019-01-31T12:26:02+13:00

Dairy farmers tackle nitrogen loss

STUFF: by Heather Chalmers 25 September 2018 Cutting cow numbers is just one of several options dairy farmers are using to meet looming nitrogen leaching reduction targets. Nitrogen is a key nutrient to grow grass on farms, but when there is more in the soil than plants can use it is at risk of leaching into groundwater, or runs off into [...]

Dairy farmers tackle nitrogen loss2019-01-31T12:06:08+13:00

Agriculture Minister rules out cap on dairy cattle numbers

Stuff - Gerald Piddock - 8 May 2018 Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor​ has denied the Government is pushing to put a cap on New Zealand's dairy cow numbers. Instead, it wanted farmers to better manage their nutrient outputs to improve water quality standards to make rivers swimmable, he told about 500 farmers at a forum at Mystery Creek on Tuesday. [...]

Agriculture Minister rules out cap on dairy cattle numbers2019-01-31T12:38:11+13:00

Parekarangi Māori Trust hope to reduce nitrate leaching on their farm

Sunday 25 March 2018. By Mere McLean A Māori trust farm in Rotorua has been working with Agresearch on reducing nitrate leaching. Parekarangi Trust Farm began working with the institute in 2016. Science and research is playing a big part in the operations of this Māori farm. James Warbrick, chairman of Parekarangi Māori Trust says that, “it's all about looking after our whenua, issues with water quality [...]

Parekarangi Māori Trust hope to reduce nitrate leaching on their farm2019-05-22T11:17:51+12:00

‘Landmark decision’ for future of Lake Rotorua

In what has been described as a landmark decision for the future of Lake Rotorua, new rural land use rules will be notified later this month. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council today unanimously voted to accept a report and recommendations from the Independent Hearing Panel relating to Plan Change 10. The decision was part of the regional direction and [...]

‘Landmark decision’ for future of Lake Rotorua2017-08-09T10:57:43+12:00

New videos showcase Rotorua farming practices that protect water quality

A new video series has been launched this week showcasing the good management practices adopted by local Rotorua farmers to help meet the nutrient targets set out in PC10. Simon Maxwell - Island Films In the ten 3-5 minute videos, Rotorua farmers talk about how they applied a particular good management practice or 'GMP' on their farm. GMP [...]

New videos showcase Rotorua farming practices that protect water quality2017-08-09T10:57:43+12:00

Reducing phosphorus in Lake Rotorua

Sunlive 4 April 2017 Work has started on a three year ‘Phosphorus Mitigation Project' to understand how detainment bunds can help prevent phosphorus moving from farm land to Lake Rotorua. The project has been initiated by local farmers who are keen to trial new ways of minimising nutrient losses because too much phosphorus and nitrogen can cause water quality problems [...]

Reducing phosphorus in Lake Rotorua2017-06-19T13:16:06+12:00

Farmers should be cautious when applying nitrogen in winter

nzfarmer.co.nz, 30 April 2017 OPINION: Winter Is a much riskier season for nitrogen leaching from urine patches on pasture to waterways. Milking cows will excrete, in urine, about 70 per cent of the nitrogen (N) they consume. The chance of N leaching from urine patches is much higher in winter due to weather conditions. Also, farmers should be particularly cautious [...]

Farmers should be cautious when applying nitrogen in winter2017-06-19T13:06:40+12:00

Videos to be produced “by farmers for farmers”

BOPRC Media Release, 26 October 2016 Farmers in the Lake Rotorua catchment will feature in videos providing advice to other farmers about good nutrient management practice. The main objective is to reduce nutrients entering Lake Rotorua although the videos may appeal to a wider audience. Seven projects have been approved through the Bay of Plenty Regional Council’s Low Nitrogen Land [...]

Videos to be produced “by farmers for farmers”2019-05-22T11:20:00+12:00