Financial impact of the Waikato Regional Plan Nitrogen Cap on Taupo Farmers

Prepared for the Waikato Regional Council by Phil Journeaux, Darren McNae & James Allen; May 2019. The financial impact of the nitrogen cap was analysed across various aspects:(i) Impact on farm working expenses. As a generalisation, the rate of increase in farm working expenses across farms in New Zealand over time is greater than the rate of increase in farm [...]

Financial impact of the Waikato Regional Plan Nitrogen Cap on Taupo Farmers2019-10-10T14:19:09+13:00

Farmers fear the unknown over freshwater water plans

tuff News, 1 October 2019 Farmers are worried about proposed water policy changes, but their concerns are largely based on a fear of the unknown, says Northland dairy farmer Andrew Booth. In recent weeks social media has been rife with comments from on-edge farmers, and small town halls packed to the rafters as officials have been quizzed over the proposals. [...]

Farmers fear the unknown over freshwater water plans2019-10-10T14:11:53+13:00

Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes

BOPRC  Media Release 31 January 2019 Farmers from the Rerewhakaaitu community are taking practical steps to protect water quality in their local lakes. They have worked with Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Fonterra,  Beef and Lamb New Zealand, AgFirst and PerrinAg to develop a farm-specific nutrient profile and produce 48 customised farm environment plans. These farm environment plans will help [...]

Rerewhakaaitu farmers managing nutrients to protect local lakes2019-01-31T11:56:38+13:00

Canterbury nutrient limits take effect

Rural News - Nigel Malthus - 17 January 2019 Environment Canterbury says the Nutrient Management and Waitaki Plan Change, Plan Change 5 to the Land & Water Regional Plan, will take effect on February 1. The nutrient management rules will apply in all catchments in the Canterbury region not currently the subject of sub-region plans. Resource consent, including audited farm [...]

Canterbury nutrient limits take effect2019-01-31T12:32:23+13:00

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 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

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+13:00

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+13:00

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+13:00

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+13:00