Taking steps towards 2020
April 2020 is now only 15 months away. That's when the Otago Regional Council (ORC) Water Plan’s remaining deadlines start to bite.
Engaging in environmental policy vital for sector resilience
Don’t give the regulators a reason to regulate.
Farmers keeping eye on downstream
While it seems incomprehensible right now, indications are that another dry summer looms ahead, courtesy of the El Niño weather pattern.
Looking after three key components of sheep and beef farm environments
Three new Beef + Lamb New Zealand initiatives will be helping farmers understand and monitor the natural environment on their farms and in their catchments.
Deferred grazing under the spotlight
Deferred grazing as a low-cost method of pasture conservation and renovation is nothing new but a farmer-led Sustainable Farming Fund project is quantifying its benefits.
How to set up a Landcare Group
If you’re thinking about starting a Landcare Group in your area, here are a few key steps you might like to follow to help get things off the ground.
Zero Carbon Bill consultation
The Government is asking for feedback on its Zero Carbon Bill and Beef + Lamb New Zealand is encouraging sheep and beef farmers to get involved in the public consultation process.
Soil friendly bull wintering system
Matching stock to soil type is what dictates the winter grazing rotation on Mike McCreary’s Wairarapa farm.
Why soil carbon matters
Soil holds more carbon than plants and the atmosphere combined and much of the soil carbon is held in a stable form. That’s good news from a climate change perspective.
Top tips for grazing forage crops
Good environmental outcomes require good environmental practice. Farmers are already doing some great work in the environment space, but there is still much to be done. Managing winter grazing so it has minimal impact on waterways is an area that can be addressed with some forward planning and simple management tweaks.
Environmental Focus Farm shows productivity benefits
A Beef + Lamb New Zealand Focus Farm programme on Awakino’s Onetai Station is seeking solutions to the environmental and productivity challenges facing many hill country farmers.