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

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 environment plans, will be required if properties irrigate more than 50ha or have more than [...]

January 17th, 2019|Tags: , |

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 used as tool in the regulation of water quality and, if so, clearly indicate what [...]

January 17th, 2019|

Dairy gold rush is over as nutrient limits put brake on Canterbury dairy conversions

Stuff - Heather Chalmers - 9 January 2019 Nutrient limits imposed on dairy farmers are putting a brake on new dairy conversions in Canterbury, with 10 consented last year. This compares with more than 50 conversions in the region during some of the peak dairy boom years. Environment Canterbury said that its consent figures showed that there had been a steady decline in dairy conversions in the region since 2013. This was despite the completion [...]

January 9th, 2019|Tags: , |

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 rivers and streams, degrading water quality. Canterbury dairy farmers in more intensively farmed red zones, [...]

September 25th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Agriculture Minister rules out cap on dairy cattle numbers

Stuff - Gerald Piddock - 8 May 2018 Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor​ has denied the Government is pushing to put a cap on New Zealand's dairy cow numbers. Instead, it wanted farmers to better manage their nutrient outputs to improve water quality standards to make rivers swimmable, he told about 500 farmers at a forum at Mystery Creek on Tuesday. He called claims on a cow number cap a "misinterpretation" of what Environment Minister David [...]

May 9th, 2018|

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 to our lakes and trying to find the balance of farming profitably”. Parekarangi has found [...]

April 10th, 2018|Tags: , |