Pat Deavoll, www.stuff.co.nz, 29 April 2016

Lincoln University senior lecturer Jim Gibbs is a popular speaker on getting the best out of a crop of winter feed.The Waihao Wainono Community Catchment Group (WWCCG)  is holding two field days from this month focusing on winter feed management and irrigation efficiency.

The group is campaigning to promote good management on farms throughout the wider catchment using a grassroots “gumboot” approach. Local solutions will be used to meet local needs and respond to local issues.

WWCCG chairman Roger Small said many farmers in the area were committed to reducing their effect on the local environment.

“They want help in gaining the knowledge to allow them to implement practices that will make the difference while maintaining productive farms. This is obvious in the Hook and Waituna catchments where around 75 per cent of farmers have farm environment plans using a locally written template developed by the Hook steering group.”

The WWCCG was formed in 1999 and completed its own non-statutory plan to help improve the local rivers and lagoons with help from Environment Canterbury. Today it has a steering group and some of its members have been through a planning process to help determine nutrient management rules.

The winter feed field day will be on May 6, from1.30pm at Limestone Hills, Mehrtens Rawcliff farm on Parker Bush Road.

Dr Jim Gibbs from Lincoln University and  Dr Ross Monaghan from AgResearch will cover good management and how to get the most out of a winter feed crop.

Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance that can be used in conjunction with their farm environment plans.