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B+LNZ works to ensure our farmers receive increased value from our sustainable farming systems and natural grass-fed beef and lamb – we identify and create market opportunities, work to dismantle trade barriers and grow consumer preference for NZ beef and lamb.
B+LNZ’s ‘Trees within Farms’ workshop outlines how you can capture a range of opportunities. Trees provide shelter, fodder, riparian planting, erosion protection, biodiversity and aesthetic benefits – and there are opportunities presented by the Emissions Trading Scheme and various climate change mitigation programmes. See below for resources containing additional info and where to get advice.
Some soil – or sediment – in a stream is natural. But, if sediment levels get too high, it can disrupt ecosystems and kill freshwater species. It’s also a major source of phosphorus, because phosphate sticks to soil particles.
Agricultural and horticultural land occupy more than 40% of New Zealand, meaning there is significant pressure on farmers to manage the effects of their land use on water quality – and that includes managing stock near water.
Dung – particularly in water – is bad news. Faecal bacteria and pathogens can cause disease in people. Faecal contamination is monitored using E. coli (Escherichia coli) as an “indicator” organism. E. coli is a type of bacteria commonly found in the guts of warm-blooded mammals (including people) and birds.
Freshwater ecosystem health includes a waterway’s aquatic life, physical habitat, water quality and water flow patterns. This helps determine the overall state of the freshwater system. There are a range of indicators of ecosystem health in a waterway which include stream life, water quality and habitat.