Here you’ll find a round up of New Zealand news on nutrient management

Reducing GHG Emissions Can Also Cut Nitrogen Leaching on Dairy Farms

Taken from: Our Land Our Water - National Science Challenges New research from the Our Land and Water National Science Challenge shows that producing carbon-neutral dairy products can also decrease nitrogen leaching by 42% New Zealand’s farmers have been given the freedom to set their own path to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on farm, with a 2022 deadline for making progress. For farmers who prefer a ‘rip off the Band-Aid’ approach to change, new research [...]

March 4th, 2020|

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 income. This is the classic 'cost/price' squeeze which has affected New Zealand farming formany decades. Within [...]

October 10th, 2019|

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. Environment Minister David Parker released them last month, saying the health and wellbeing of water [...]

October 10th, 2019|

Positive step for Lake Rotorua clean up

BOPRC Media Release 16 August 2019 Rotorua locals are one step closer to having a cleaner lake, following an interim Environment Court decision on Lake Rotorua nutrient management rules that has been released this week. Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chief Executive Fiona McTavish said that the rules (Plan Change 10) are one method in a broad suite of lake clean-up tools being delivered through the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme. This week’s Environment Court decision [...]

August 22nd, 2019|

Rotorua farmers dodge bullet

Farmers Weekly 22 August 2019 The Environment Court’s interim decision to uphold Plan Change 10 rules for nitrogen allocation in Rotorua Lakes District has been welcomed by farmers as a win for common sense and rural communities. The 70-plus farmers in the catchment have been fighting what they see as an about turn by Rotorua Lakes District Council after it opted to support and fund iwi efforts to re-allocate nitrogen discharges earlier agreed on among [...]

August 22nd, 2019|

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 farmers minimise nitrogen and phosphorus losses to waterways. This 18-month project involved farmers in the catchments [...]

January 31st, 2019|