B+LNZ’s farm planning approach is designed to help you:
- ensure the sustainability and profitability of your business by adapting to climate change, understanding and managing your greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting the health of your soil, freshwater and biodiversity
- meet emerging consumer and regulatory requirements
- provide an evidence base to tell your farming story.
The modular approach allows you to initially focus on the aspects that are most important to your business and continue building your plan over time.
The first module to be launched covers the environment.
B+LNZ’s farm planning approach will be primarily delivered through workshops with a strong practical focus. If you’re interested in doing a farm planning workshop, contact your local B+LNZ Extension Manager – if you don’t have their details call 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352) or email email@example.com
To find out more, read our B+LNZ farm planning factsheet (PDF, 827KB) which details the chapters in the environment module, how the module is delivered and some frequently asked questions.
Winter Grazing Workshop
For more information on our workshop to help you plan for and manage your winter grazing, visit https://beeflambnz.com/wintergrazing
In this workshop you’ll work through the ‘Forage Cropping’ section of B+LNZ’s Farm Plan: Environment Module. It covers planning and management to avoid and mitigate the negative effects of winter forage crop grazing and strategies and techniques to look after animals, soils and water.
Farm Plan – Environment Module User Guide
Your step-by-step process to creating the Environment Module of your Farm Plan and keeping it active, for your farm.
This user guide is a step by step process to help create your plan and to keep it active. In addition, it lists the things you need to do before the 1st workshop, the things you need to bring to the workshops, and where you can find more information.
Download the Farm Plan – Environment Module User Guide (1.5MB PDF) or request a hard copy – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
Farm Plan – Environment Module resource links
Through the Farm Plan – Environment Module, you will see a number of resources are mentioned, for further information and to help you create your plan.
We’ve collected all those links here on this page to make them easy to find. Find the resource links by chapter through the dropdown menu below.
BizPlan (mentioned on page 4)
By articulating your business vision and values identify your goals, and set actions to move toward them.
Business Planning Module (mentioned on page 4)
The online module on Business Planning outlines more about setting your vision and values.
Catchment Group information (mentioned on page 6)
You can find information about catchment groups and getting involved here.
Visual Soil Assessment (mentioned on page 1)
The visual soil assessment form can be downloaded from here soon.
Visual Soil Assessment resource book (mentioned on page 1)
The guide has been developed to help land managers assess soil quality easily, quickly, reliably and cheaply on a paddock scale.
OverseerFM nutrient budget form (mentioned on page 11)
A template to help with data collection for OverseerFM.
Stock exclusion and waterways (mentioned on page 3)
For more information about stock exclusion and waterways.
Land and Water Aotearoa (mentioned on page 5)
The Land and Water Aotearoa site is also a good source of information.
Stream Health Check (mentioned on page 8)
The Stream Health Check involves a visual assessment of the stream and its immediate surroundings. Link coming soon.
Rapid Habitat Assessment (mentioned on page 9)
This assessment helps give a quick indication of stream health.
Wetland assessment (mentioned on page 9)
The New Zealand Landcare Trust have developed a practical tool to assess wetlands which may be useful if you have wetlands on your farm.
Winter grazing and forage cropping (mentioned on page 10)
More information on winter grazing can be found here.
Stock water management module (mentioned on page 15)
Find the stock water management B+LNZ module here.
MPI's stock water management webpage (mentioned on page 15)
Find the stock water management B+LNZ module here.
Landcare Trust Wetland Assessment (mentioned on page 19)
The New Zealand Landcare Trust have developed a practical tool to assess wetlands which may be useful if you have wetlands on your farm. You can find a link to their webpage here.
NIWA's freshwater fish identification webpage (mentioned on page 16)
Visit NIWA's page on freshwater fish for help identifying the different species.
DOC native animal identifier (mentioned on page 16)
The Stream Health Check involves a visual assessment of the stream and its immediate surroundings. Find more information here.
Lincoln Carbon Calculator (mentioned on page 2)
Provides a quick estimate of greenhouse gas emissions based on stock numbers, production and nitrogen fertiliser/feed use.
OverseerFM (mentioned on page 2)
A more complex calculator that estimates on-farm emissions and their sources. It can be used to test the impact of farm management changes on emissions (and nutrient flows) before those changes are made. It also accounts for sequestration by trees.
Farmax 8 (mentioned on page 2)
Provides an estimate of on-farm emissions. It can be used to test the impact of farm management changes on emissions as well as animal production and profitability. It also accounts for sequestration.
B+LNZ GHG Calculator (mentioned on page 2)
Provides a free, farmer facing tool to report the on-farm sequestration and emissions of the business, and reflects the individual farm’s livestock and production system. The tool is designed to help the red meat sector’s reporting requirements to satisfy He Waka Eke Noa regulations. Link coming soon.
MPI carbon sequestration look-up tables (mentioned on page 5)
You can get a rough idea of carbon sequestration for post-1989 forest land by using the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) look-up tables
MfE climate change resources (mentioned on page 10)
The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) has a resource available that outlines likely future changes to the climate of each region and what that means for each region.
Extreme Dry Management Toolkit (mentioned on page 11)
For more information on drought management, check out Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Extreme Dry Management Toolkit.
Flood management (mentioned on page 11)
Resources for preparing for a flood, recovering from a flood and health & safety post-flood.
Snowstorm support (mentioned on page 11)
Information on preparing for and responding to snow weather bombs, including factsheets and links to websites and organisations that can provide you with support.
Winter grazing and forage cropping (mentioned on page 13)
You can find more information about management options for winter grazing here.
For more information on our workshop to help you plan for and manage your winter grazing.