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 [...]
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Waikato Regional Council, 14 October 2016 The Waikato Regional Council is welcoming a Federated Farmers-led joint project testing the implications of the Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1 for the rural community. The council is contributing $30,000 and staff resources to the project which is exploring the realities of implementing the plan change across all sectors including [...]
Dairy News, Monday 9 October 2016 A project to find out just how tricky it is going to be for farmers to comply with the new Waikato Regional Council ‘Plan Change One’ has started in the region. Federated Farmers is coordinating the project, which will be the first time the organisation has had time to test a plan, give feedback and [...]
Stuff.co.nz 1 August 2016 Farmers are natural problem solvers. Every day complex issues face us as we run our farm and business. Recently I've been to many farmer meetings about environmental topics. I would like to commend farmers for getting involved and asking in-depth questions about Waikato's environmental future. Most people know Federated Farmers as an organisation which represents the views of [...]
Dairy farmers don't need to fear potential changes to freshwater management, but they do need to make sure they have a good understanding of what might happen, an expert says. Rabobank Sustainable Farm Systems manager Blake Holgate, of Dunedin, spoke to conference-goers about adapting to a changing environment during day two of the South Island Dairy Event at Stadium Southland in Invercargill on Tuesday. [...]