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

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 [...]

Dairy gold rush is over as nutrient limits put brake on Canterbury dairy conversions2019-01-31T12:26:02+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

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

Dairy farmers take action to protect water

BOPRC Media Release, 20 May 2016 Minimising phosphorous run-off, better managing storm water and preventing down-stream erosion are just some of the benefits a Rerewhakaaitu farmer will soon realise, thanks to a recently constructed detainment bund. Dairy farmers Barry and Mark Mogg approached the Bay of Plenty Regional Council late last year after learning about the benefits of detainment bunds, [...]

Dairy farmers take action to protect water2019-05-22T11:25:59+13:00

Farmers muster forces to fight ECan’s strong-arm tactics

NZ Farmer, 9 May 2016 Jamie McFadden grew up on the tough, undeveloped hill country farm his parents bought in 1966 and witnessed the 800ha property’s transformation from ‘‘tiger country’’ into a productive farm where native bush, pine trees, poplars and pasture grow side by side. ‘‘It was in two big blocks, there were three small paddocks at the front [...]

Farmers muster forces to fight ECan’s strong-arm tactics2017-08-09T10:57:43+13:00

Tainui Group Holdings behind Lake Taupo protection breaches

www.stuff.co.nz. 5 May 2016 Tainui Group Holdings has outed itself as the company behind the rule breach designed to protect Lake Taupo after the regional council withheld its details. But Waikato Regional Council has been taken to task by the Green Party for not naming the Waikato-Tainui commercial arm from the outset. In a statement issued on Monday, council said [...]

Tainui Group Holdings behind Lake Taupo protection breaches2016-05-09T10:12:49+13:00

Farmers adopt gumboots approach to reduce their effect on local environment

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 [...]

Farmers adopt gumboots approach to reduce their effect on local environment2016-05-05T15:36:40+13:00