ORC Farmers’ Annual Workshops for Intensive Winter Grazing Consenting

Event category
Workshop

The Otago Regional Council’s annual series of farmer workshops for intensive winter grazing (IWG) consenting gets underway next month, with 14 workshops scheduled across 12 locations over six weeks.

Intensive winter grazing

The workshops begin at Tarras and Omakau on 15 February, followed by workshops through to late-March at Weston, Palmerston, Lawrence, Millers Flat, Owaka, Clinton, Milton, Tapanui, Middlemarch and Ranfurly.

The focus of these hands-on workshop sessions is for the ORC team to help people with advice on the IWG consent process, grazing plans and management practices.

IWG applications should be lodged with ORC by mid-April, to ensure consents are in place by 1 May this year.

Farmers must register to attend any of the workshops, so the event can be staffed accordingly, with up to 20 places available at each event.

The new regulations around IWG started on 1 November 2022 and applications for winter 2024, and beyond, should be in by mid-April 2024 to ensure consents are in place by 1 May 2024.

What farmers need to bring

  • Whole Farm Map.
  • Individual Paddock Maps of Forage Crops for 2024.
  • Any existing relevant Farm Plans, Grazing Management Plans and information on soils, slope i.e. from consultants, B+LNZ, DairyNZ, NZFAP etc. Please note this is not needed but if you have this information already it may be useful to bring along.
  • Existing IWG consents, if you already have some.

Other resources

Contact information

For further information contact:

Public.enquiries@orc.govt.nz or catchments@orc.govt.nz or 0800 474 082

Registration

To register for your preferred workshop, please refer to links below.

 

Title Venue Date Time Register
One workshop Tarras War Memorial Community Centre 15 February 10 - 12pm Registration closed.
One workshop Omakau Golf Club 15 February 1:30 - 3:30pm Registration closed.
One workshop Weston Hall 21 February 10 - 12pm Registration closed.
One workshop Palmerston Community Centre 21 February 1:30 - 3:30pm Registration closed.
One workshop Simpson Park Hall (Lawrence) 29 February 10 - 12pm Registration closed.
One workshop Millers Flat Hall 29 February 1:30 - 3:30pm Registration closed.
One workshop Owaka Community Centre 5 March 10 - 12pm Register Now
One workshop Clinton Community Centre 5 March 1:30 - 3:30pm Register Now
Two workshops Tokomairiro Rugby Club, Milton 12 March 10 - 12pm Register Now
Tokomairiro Rugby Club, Milton 12 March 1 - 3pm Register Now
One workshop Strath Taieri Community Centre (Middlemarch) 27 March 10 - 12pm Register Now
One workshop Maniototo Golf Club (Ranfurly) 27 March 1:30 - 3:30pm Register Now
Two workshops West Otago Community Centre, Tapanui 19 March 10 - 12pm Register Now
West Otago Community Centre, Tapanui 19 March 1pm Register Now