Waikato Regional Council Plan Change 1 update
While sheep and beef farmers have welcomed the majority of outcomes of the Waikato Regional Council’s Plan Change 1 process, there are still some points that require work.
He Waka Eke Noa gets down to work
Following on from the Government agreement to the agricultural sector’s approach for developing an appropriate farm gate emissions pricing mechanism by 2025 - He Waka Eke Noa – the new steering group for this important piece of work got down to work during the Level 4 lockdown.
Be aware of Nitrate Poisoning post-drought
Recent rain has resulted in pasture and crop growth in drought affected parts of the country, but with the moisture comes the risk of nitrate toxicity. Ginny Dodunski from Total Vets provides advice about nitrate poisoning.
B+LNZ celebrates 2020 Earth Day
Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) celebrates Earth Day in the United States by highlighting some of New Zealand’s sustainable farming initiatives on a global scale.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand update on environmental policy
Beef + Lamb New Zealand has continued advocating on government policy over the COVID-19 lockdown period. Despite the obvious limitations presented by Alert Level 4 and 3, we have continued our engagement and discussions with officials and Ministers on a range of areas with a particular focus on the environment.
Planning now for winter forage crop management
Going into autumn, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is encouraging farmers to think about how they will manage their winter fodder crops, particularly in a year when feed resources are likely to be tight.
Update on B+LNZ’s support for farmer-led catchment community groups
Beef and Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) encourages and supports farmers to work together at a significant scale through our Catchment Community Group (CCG) programme. This is a key component of our Environmental Strategy to delivering our vision of profitable farmers, thriving farming communities, valued by all New Zealanders.
Farmers now able to estimate how much carbon their tree blocks are absorbing
New Zealand farmers can now estimate how much carbon their tree blocks are sequestering with a new addition to OverseerFM.
B+LNZ farmer submission template for freshwater proposals now available
B+LNZ has developed a submission template for farmers wanting to have their say on the government’s freshwater proposals.
Dairy with a side of beef: Part 2
In the second of a two-part series looking at Adrian and Pauline Ball’s Award-winning Waikato dairy/dairy beef business, we look at the genetics they use and the way incorporating beef has allowed the Balls to reduce their environmental footprint.
Freshwater update: What are the key issues + farmer conference call
We are now into the third week of the government’s consultation on the Essential Freshwater proposals, which after requests to the Ministry for the Environment (MfE), has been extended to accept submissions until 31 October.