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

DairyNZ: National freshwater regulations

6 August 2020 DairyNZ Central Government’s new freshwater regulations have been finalised and start coming into law from September 3, 2020. Here is a summary of those regulations and what they may mean for you. In August 2020 Government announced its final decision on new freshwater regulations (known as Action for Healthy Waterways/Essential Freshwater package). These new and updated regulations are aimed at improving freshwater quality and management in New Zealand. Download timeline (pdf) What [...]

August 12th, 2020|

Beef+Lamb NZ: New freshwater rules – preliminary analysis and next steps

6 August 2020. Beef+Lamb NZ B+LNZ has completed a preliminary assessment of the essential freshwater rules that became law on 5 August. The following email has been sent to farmers. --------------- Yesterday the Government released the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS), National Environmental Standards for Freshwater (NES) and stock exclusion regulations. Copies of the new rules can be found here: National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 National Environmental Standards for Freshwater  Resource [...]

August 6th, 2020|

New rules in place to restore healthy rivers

New rules to protect and restore New Zealand’s freshwater passed into law today. Environment Minister David Parker and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor welcomed the gazetting of the new national direction on freshwater management. “These regulations deliver on the Government’s commitment to stop further degradation, show material improvements within five years and restore our waterways to health within a generation,” David Parker said. This includes the new National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management (NPS-FM), National Environmental [...]

August 5th, 2020|Tags: |

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|